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David Zipper

Managing Director

David Zipper leads 1776’s work in the Cities and Transportation sectors, including venture investments into startups as well as strategic relationships with corporations, associations, and local governments worldwide.

Prior to joining 1776, David oversaw economic development strategy for two mayors of Washington, D.C., including the launch of the DC Tech Incentives program and the DC China Center in Shanghai. David was previously the Executive Director of NYC Business Solutions under Mayor Bloomberg in New York City, and he worked with Harvard professor Michael Porter to develop strategies to create jobs across America’s inner cities. A Truman and Gates Scholar, David holds a bachelor’s degree with high honors from Swarthmore College, a MPhil in urban planning from Cambridge University, and an MBA with highest honors from Harvard Business School.