David Manchester

On data as an essential tool for nonprofits

David Manchester MA/MPP '15David Manchester, MA/MPP’15

David Manchester grew up in Scarsdale, New York. He received a BA in international relations from American University and an MA/MPP from Hornstein in 2015. David is currently a graduate research associate at the Cohen Center for Modern Jewish Studies at Brandeis University and a PhD student in social policy at the Heller School for Social Policy and Management, also at Brandeis University.

He has worked as a legislative assistant in Hadassah's Washington Action Office and then as an operations analyst at Blackboard, Inc. where he honed his skills in quantitative metrics and evaluation. He is president of the Board of Directors of American University Hillel and has served on the Advisory Board of the Sixth & I Historic Synagogue, Birthright Israel NEXT DC, and Young Leadership of the Jewish Federation of Greater Washington. In 2012, David was chosen for the Washington Jewish Week’s Minyan List composed of the 10 most interesting Jews in the DC area.

This interview with David was published in the Hornstein Program's November 2016 issue of Impact. If you would like to quote any part of this conversation, please attribute content to the Hornstein Jewish Professional Leadership Program at Brandeis University and link to this page. All rights reserved.

Research and/or Data Analyses Studies

  • The American Jewish Population Project uses political polling to estimate the size of the American Jewish community at the most detailed level possible.

  • "Ensuring a Future of Jewish Early Childhood Education," an exploration of factors impacting parents’ choice of Jewish early childhood centers in Boston.

  • "The Jewish vote may swing key undecided counties, study says," a recent piece highlighting findings of Jewish American’s political affiliation which has garnered nearly 20,000 views.

  • Community studies of Boston: Nashville, Seattle

  • A study of synagogue life in New York sponsored by SYNERGY at UJA.

  • An analysis of the American Jewish community using data collected from Twitter and IRS 990 reports.

“...you cannot let the perfect be the enemy of the good...start small and grow as you gain skills and capacity. But constantly look back and make sure you are tracking the best measures to drive your success. ”

David Manchester, MA/MPP’15