PHILANTHROPY

In 1999 he was appointed by Congress and then-President Clinton to serve as one of 19 Commissioners on the Advisory Commission on Electronic Commerce, which was tasked with producing recommendations on electronic commerce and tax policy, arguably one of the most important policy initiatives of the Information Age.

Dave graduated with a BA from the University of Pennsylvania, and earned his MBA with honors from Wharton. A native of New York, Dave now resides in San Francisco.

 

He is a supporter of Classroom Champions, which connects athletes with students in high-needs schools, and ARF, Tony La Russa's Animal Rescue Foundation. 

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​Every kid has what it takes. But many kids in underserved communities face challenges that negatively impact their education experience, classroom resources and culture, physical and mental health, personal development, and academic achievement.

To help ensure every child has an opportunity to reach their potential, we work in partnership with teachers and local education districts to connect Olympians™, Paralympians™, Hopefuls, College Student-Athletes, and Pro Football Players with students in grades K-8.

We provide a new kind of mentorship that scales to provide students a voice. We engage and inspire them to develop the critical social-emotional skills research shows they need for success both in, and out, of the classroom.

Tony La Russa's Animal Rescue Foundation (ARF) is an award-winning, nationally recognized leader for its unique mission of "People Rescuing Animals…Animals Rescuing People.®" Founded in 1991, ARF rescued more than 38,000 cats and dogs and has expanded its national outreach and education programs. ARF elevates pets in our society, enhances connections, and transforms the bond between people and animals.

Headquartered in Walnut Creek, California, ARF is a privately funded 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization supported by donors in all 50 states and internationally, receiving no government funding. In 2018, ARF earned the highest possible rating – four stars – from Charity Navigator for the 11th consecutive year. Only one percent of charities reach this milestone, and ARF is proud that 86 cents of every dollar goes directly to its programs.

© 2019 David Pottruck