David Paltza

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Community and Content Facilitator-AACRAO

David has served in higher education literally from coast to coast (from Los Angeles, CA to Richmond, VA) for over 15 years, in leadership for admissions, records, student advising, and institutional effectiveness. Before that, he worked in financial advising and business analysis, thus enjoys bringing an eye for efficiency, innovation, and org-wide change.

He has been involved with AACRAO over the past decade, as a co-chair of committees, presenter, and Community and Content Facilitator, as well as regional ACRAOs including PACRAO, RMACRAO, IACRAO, SACRAO, and VACRAO. With his B.S. in Business Management and M.S. in Organizational Psychology, he is now pursuing his EdD in Educational Leadership and Organizational Innovation and hopes to empower his AACRAO colleagues as much as they empower him.

Simply put, David’s driving passion is to invest in others toward their passions. For this reason, he is also a certified strengths coach and career advisor, consulting for individuals and organizations in L&D and DEI, including businesses, churches, and community groups. He has been privileged to travel across 12 countries, and 4 continents to serve with orphanages, churches, rehab centers, and schools for practical and spiritual outreach, education, leadership training, and micro-enterprise development.

In between these activities, he enjoys mixed martial arts, music composition, OCRs (obstacle course races), and sushi. David welcomes anyone to connect with him for networking and peer development!