Leadership and Staff

David Morse Chief Communications Officer

David Morse was Chief Communications Officer for The Atlantic Philanthropies through June 2017. He was based in the New York office.

His responsibilities included developing and managing communication strategy for the organization. Mr. Morse counseled senior leadership on a broad range of strategic external communications, media and other issues and oversaw program and legacy communication initiatives and the website.

Mr. Morse has had an eclectic career leading public policymaking, advocacy, strategic communications and planning in the nonprofit sector, philanthropy and government. Most recently, he was Senior Fellow and Interim Vice President of Encore.org, a San Francisco-based nonprofit building a movement to promote encore careers for the greater good.

His foundation experience includes serving as Chief Communications Officer for the Pew Charitable Trusts and Vice President for Communications for the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.

Earlier in his career, Mr. Morse was a “shoe-leather” epidemiologist for the New York State Department of Health; professional staff member for the U.S. Senate Committee on Labor and Human Resources; Director of the President’s Task Force on the Arts and Humanities; Associate Vice President for Policy Planning, Director of Federal Relations and Instructor in higher education and public policy at the University of Pennsylvania.

Mr. Morse earned a B.A. with honors from Hamilton College and a master’s in international relations from the Johns Hopkins University. He serves on several boards of nonprofit organizations and teaches a course on public policy, advocacy and strategic communications at the University of Southern California.