David Foster is a retired policy analyst, publishing industry veteran, and entrepreneur. Today he invests his time and resources where he thinks he can make a difference.
His career began as an education policy analyst. As a consultant to the US Office of Education he helped launch Pell Grants.
After holding executive positions in several media enterprises he launched his own company, David Foster & Associates. As a consultant to media companies world-wide, his experience included acquisitions, reorganizations, new product launches, raising investment capital, product line extensions, new customer acquisitions and customer retention. Distinguished clients included: Abril, S.A. Asia Society, Brandt Publications, Consumers Union, Grolier, Inc., Jobson Publishing, Ogilvy & Mather Direct, OrangeGlow Products, Rodale Press, Southam Communications, The Council on Foreign Relations, The US Chamber of Commerce, and Times Mirror Magazines. His influential newsletter, Competitive Publishing Hotline, pioneered use of databases in editorial platforms.
Educated by the battle scars gained from launching a consumer products company (Cozy Baby) and a start-up in the medical field (Medkit), he bought a home healthcare company in Albuquerque, NM in 2005 with 100 clients. Growing organically, through acquisitions, and a spin-off company, he sold the high-performing, award winning company serving 500 clients in 2012.
Currently, he is active in Economic Forum and serves on the boards NDI-NM, Rainforest Innovations, and Opera Southwest. He is a graduate of Haverford College (BA, Political Science), the Harvard University Graduate School of Education (Ed.M., Policy Analysis) and the Harvard Business School (M.B.A.).