David J. Leiter

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  • Providence College (BA)
  • American University (MPA)

David is President, ML Strategies, Washington, DC. He has more than 30 years of experience as a senior manager, political strategist, and policy advisor at the federal, state, and local levels of government. As the principal executive in the DC office of ML Strategies, he works to build relationships with key decision-makers on Capitol Hill and in the executive branch, and focuses on issues related to technology, higher education, and energy funding and policy.

David served as a presidential appointee in the Clinton-Gore administration, where he was the principal deputy assistant secretary for Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy at the US Department of Energy. 

Prior to joining the Department of Energy, David served for seven years as chief of staff to US Sen. John Kerry of Massachusetts, directing all operations in the Washington, DC, and state offices. Prior to his work with Senator Kerry, he served as chief of staff to Rhode Island Lt. Gov. Richard Licht. 

Previously, David served as legislative assistant and principal advisor on budget and appropriations issues to US Sen. Wendell Ford of Kentucky. In 1980, Ford became the ranking member of the Senate Rules and Administration Committee, and David managed the Democratic staff.