David Spielfogel is a co-founder and Managing Partner of Ekistic Ventures, a group of urban problem-solvers who are actively cultivating a portfolio of disruptive companies that bring new solutions to critical urban problems. He brings nearly two decades of experience at the highest levels of local government, political campaigns and philanthropy with a focus on setting the short and long-term strategies to guide good ideas to implementation.
Until early 2016, David served as Senior Adviser to Mayor Rahm Emanuel. In that role he oversaw long-term planning and the implementation and communication of the Mayor's priority initiatives. He served in the same capacity on the Mayor’s successful 2015 re-election campaign, and as Director of the Chicago 2011 Transition Project after directing policy and research for the Mayor’s initial 2011 campaign.
Previously, David served as Chief of Staff at the MacArthur Foundation where he worked on special projects that cut across the foundation's domestic and international programs, as deputy policy director for Barack Obama's senate campaign, as policy director for the Senate bid of Alexi Giannoulias, and in the Clinton White House as the Special Assistant for Policy to the President's senior adviser on energy and environmental issues.
David earned his M.S. in International Development Management from the London School of Economics, and his B.S. from the University of Michigan's School of Natural Resources.