As a Principal of the Portfolio Team, David Rothschild manages a variety of key relationships with funded social entrepreneurs, domain experts, policy makers, corporate partners and co-funders. David develops and structures funding opportunities to drive large scale change in the focus areas of the foundation.
Prior to working at Skoll, David worked for the Goldman Environmental Foundation where he was responsible for the Latin America and Africa program areas of the Goldman Environmental Prize. In 2004 David lived and worked in Venezuela preparing the indigenous component of the Caroni River Watershed Management Plan for the Inter-American Development Bank. He moved to Venezuela directly from the Bolivian Amazon where in 2003 he worked for the Field Museum of Chicago, managing community-based mapping and building consensus in remote communities, resulting in the creation of a community controlled protected area in the state of Pando. From 1997 to 2003 David led the Amazon Alliance, a strategic partnership between Amazonian environmental and indigenous organizations. His work with the Amazon Alliance included daily coordination with a wide range of environmental and indigenous organizations throughout the nine countries of the Amazon basin.
David grew up in California and did his undergraduate studies at the University of California at Santa Cruz. He completed a master’s degree in International Policy and Practice from the Elliott School of International Affairs of the George Washington University where he received a fellowship for high honors, and a certificate in International Human Rights Law from Oxford.