David Gould
Chief Diversity and Impact Officer
David Gould
Speaker Bio
David Gould is the Chief Diversity and Impact Officer for Harris Blitzer Sports and Entertainment (HBSE), an organization comprised of sports and entertainment properties, including the NBA’s Philadelphia 76ers, the NHL’s New Jersey Devils, the Prudential Center, and HBSE Real Estate. As the CDIO, David is responsible for overseeing HBSE’s $20 million commitment to racial equity and efforts to promote diversity equity and inclusion for staff within the company and across the communities that HBSE’s teams live work and play. Much of David’s work focuses on promoting economic opportunity for underserved communities, which includes creating programs to support local diverse businesses and helping to lead the 76ers efforts to build a new arena in a way that is both inclusive and equitable.

Prior to joining HBSE, David served as a Deputy Director for the City of Philadelphia’s Rebuild initiative, a more than $400 million effort to revitalize community parks, recreation centers, and libraries across Philadelphia while growing small, diverse businesses and connecting women and people of color with careers in construction. David’s efforts focused on ensuring that community members were able given a voice in shaping the vision for the revitalization of their community space and supporting Rebuild’s efforts to maximize the participation and growth of diverse workers and businesses working on Rebuild’s construction projects.

David also spent four years at the William Penn Foundation where he served as a Program Officer, managing a $20+ million grant portfolio focused on public space and community development projects in underserved communities across Philadelphia.

David serves on the board of trustees for the Free Library of Philadelphia and on the Philadelphia Federal Reserve Bank’s Economic and Community Advisory Council.

David earned his bachelor’s degree in economics and political science from the University of Rochester and his Master of Public Administration degree from the University of Pennsylvania.