Chief Diversity & Impact Officer
David Gould is Chief Diversity and Impact Officer at Harris Blitzer Sports and Entertainment (HBSE), an organization with the mission of building passionate, high-performing teams that inspire people to enhance the communities where its teams live, work, play and win. Gould will provide executive leadership and guidance while working closely with company leaders, HBSE’s Diversity and Inclusion Advisory Board and the Human Resources Team to implement a comprehensive inclusion and diversity strategy across HBSE.
Gould is responsible for implementing a more inclusive and diverse work environment across all HBSE properties through recruitment, retention and professional development programs. Gould will also work with team marketing and community relations to promote positive educational, healthcare and employment outcomes for local communities. He will guide leaders in establishing and maintaining business practices that will invest in, support, and grow minority-owned businesses. Lastly, Gould will be responsible for building relationships with community leaders to drive change and make an impact on the communities in which HBSE businesses operate.Gould boasts a 10-year career working with and serving black and brown communities in the public sector. His work has primarily focused on community philanthropy, city government and community-based work. Prior to joining HBSE, Gould served as the Deputy Director for Community Engagement and Communications for Philadelphia Mayor Jim Kenney’s Rebuild initiative. As one of Rebuild’s founding staff members, David was part of the team that helped launch the city’s initiative, which is investing hundreds of millions of dollars to revitalize more than 400 community parks, recreation centers, and libraries across Philadelphia. Rebuild is also designed to use its construction projects as opportunities to grow small, diverse businesses and connect women and people of color with careers in construction.
In addition to overseeing the operations of Rebuild, Gould spent much of his time engaging with community members to ensure they were connected Rebuild’s Career programs and provide the opportunity to have a voice in decisions about what changes would be made to their community space.
Prior to working for the City of Philadelphia, Gould was a Program Officer at the William Penn Foundation, a non-profit organization whose mission is to help improve education for low-income children, ensure a sustainable environment, foster creative communities that enhance civic life and advance philanthropy in the Greater Philadelphia region. His responsibilities included exploring new areas of focus for the Foundation, especially related to community development and impact investing, and managing a grant portfolio supporting projects focused on improving parks and public spaces within underserved neighborhoods in Philadelphia.
Gould earned his Bachelor’s degree in economics and political science from the University of Rochester on a full academic scholarship where he played basketball for four years. David earned his Master of Public Administration degree from the University of Pennsylvania and is currently a lecturer at the University’s Weitzman School of Design. A native of Germantown, David currently resides in Philadelphia.