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David Vennett

President, DV Strategies

Bio Current as of July 24, 2023

David currently runs his own strategic advisory firm, DV Strategies. Most recently, David J. Vennett served as Chief of Staff to the CEO/Co-Founder of a Fintech startup, during which time the company publicly listed on NASDAQ.  

Before this role, David was the Principal Adviser to the Secretary General of the United Nations. In this capacity, he provided strategic advice to Secretary General Antonio Guterres on areas to include the relationships and engagement with the U.S. Executive and Legislative branches, the international business community, and other organizations in civil society.  

Prior to his appointment at the United Nations, David worked as a strategic consultant in communications/public affairs, political/governmental relations, crisis positioning, corporate strategy, operations/event logistics, philanthropy/corporate social responsibility, and relationship management for clients to that included: political campaigns and organizations, governments, heads-of-state, non-profits, corporations, investment entities, tech start-ups, and celebrities.  

In addition, David previously held the positions of Vice President of Office of Corporate Engagement at Goldman Sachs in New York., National Manager for Government Affairs and Special Projects at Toyota’s office in Washington, DC, and an appointment by the White House as Chief of Staff to the 2004 G8 Summit, which President George W. Bush hosted in Sea Island, Georgia. 

During the first term of President Bush, David also received political appointments at the U.S. Department of State, including Special Adviser (diplomatic rank of Attaché) to the U.S. Ambassador to the Netherlands and Deputy Director of the Office of the White House Liaison.

David began his career in Washington serving as the Special Assistant to U.S. Senator Kay Bailey Hutchison (ret), a Republican from Texas. He is a graduate of SMU with a double major in political science and international studies and a double minor in history and economics.