David served as the President of PENCIL, a New York City-based nonprofit organization that creates innovative and impactful models of collaboration between business and public schools to improve school and student performance. David worked closely with the PENCIL Board to refine the strategy, to implement more impactful methods of collaboration, and to improve fundraising to allow the organization to achieve it’s goals.
Prior to joining PENCIL, David served as the Deputy Chancellor for Talent, Labor and Innovation in the New York City Department of Education (DOE), the largest school district in the US, with over 1.1 million students, 120,000 employees and 1,600 schools. In this position, he oversaw all DOE policies and programs concerning labor relations, teacher effectiveness and recruitment, the talent pipeline, system-wide innovation, and human resources.
During his tenure, David led the implementation of a new teacher effectiveness system for New York City schools, which dramatically altered how teachers are supported, developed, recognized and evaluated throughout their careers. He also drove the expansion the Innovation Zone (iZone), which brought personalized learning, innovative approaches to addressing systemic challenges, and increased academic achievement to the school system. Prior to serving as a Deputy Chancellor, David served as the Chief Academic and Accountability Officer for the School District of Philadelphia.
David created a new public school in Brooklyn, PS 503, that replaced a failing school under state review, and served as it’s first principal. He also worked as the principal of the Alvarado School and as the Director of the American School of Madrid, the premier international school in Madrid, Spain. As a site administrator, David brought a collaborative approach to leadership and development to help focus on student achievement. Earlier in his career, he proudly served as an elementary school teacher.
David was named one of the top 20 most influential City Hall staffers by City and State Magazine for his work in NYC and San Francisco Mayor Willie Brown named June 6, 2003, “David Weiner Day” to recognize his efforts to improve education in the public schools. David holds Masters of Education degrees from the Harvard Graduate School of Education and Teachers College at Columbia University and a Bachelor of Arts from Trinity College.