President and CEO
David Thornburgh was named President and CEO of the Committee of Seventy in November, 2014. He came to Seventy from the University of Pennsylvania’s Fels Institute of Government, where he had served as Executive Director since 2008. While at Fels he doubled applications to the program, launched an innovative hybrid Executive MPA program and, during Fels’ 75th Anniversary campaign in 2012 quadrupled alumni giving and carried out 12 public programs that attracted over 1,200 alumni and political and community leaders. He also created a national Public Policy Challenge student competition in partnership with Governing magazine that drew teams from 12 top universities.
Immediately prior to Fels, he served as CEO of the Alliance for Regional Stewardship (ARS), a national best practice network of regional leaders. Mr. Thornburgh served as Executive Director of the Economy League of Greater Philadelphia from 1994 to 2006 where, under his leadership, the League became one of the nation’s best regional “think and do tanks”. From 1988 to 1994 he served as Director of the Wharton Small Business Development Center, the consulting and training arm of The Wharton School’s Entrepreneurial Center, named consistently as one of the nation's top programs in entrepreneurship. Right after graduate school, he served as Director of Civic Affairs at the CIGNA Corporation in Philadelphia.
Mr. Thornburgh has received a number of awards for his professional and civic leadership. In 2006 he was recognized as one of the 101 most trusted and respected civic “connectors” in the Philadelphia area by LEADERSHIP Philadelphia. In 2000, he was awarded an Eisenhower Fellowship and traveled to Australia and New Zealand to learn about entrepreneurial development and public management in those countries.
Mr. Thornburgh is a frequent commentator on public policy and regional development issues. He holds a BA in Political Science from Haverford College and a Master's Degree in Public Policy from Harvard University's Kennedy School of Government. He lives with his wife, Rebecca McKillip Thornburgh, a Wharton MBA turned children’s book illustrator, in the Chestnut Hill neighborhood of Philadelphia.
Follow David on Twitter at @davidthornburgh.