We are proud to welcome David Morse as Senior Visiting Fellow. David Morse, until recently Chief Communications Officer for The Atlantic Philanthropies, has joined the USC Price Center for Social Innovation as a Senior Visiting Fellow. In this capacity, Mr. Morse will advise on a number of strategic priorities for the Center, including the design and launch of the Center’s new Executive Education Program in Social Innovation. Additionally, Mr. Morse will co-teach a graduate-level course on advocacy communications.
At the Atlantic Philanthropies, a limited-life, global foundation that made its final grant commitment at the end of 2016,Mr. Morse was responsible for developing and managing communication strategy for the organization. Mr. Morse counseled senior leadership and the Atlantic board on a broad range of strategic external communications, media and other issues; and oversaw program and legacy communication initiatives and the Atlantic website.
Mr. Morse has had an eclectic career leading public policymaking, advocacy, strategic communications and planning in the nonprofit sector, philanthropy and government. Prior to joining Atlantic, he was Senior Fellow and Interim Vice President of Encore.org, a San Francisco-based nonprofit building a movement to promote encore careers for the greater good.
His foundation experience includes serving as Chief Communications Officer for the Pew Charitable Trusts and Vice President for Communications for the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.
Earlier in his career, Mr. Morse was a “shoe-leather” epidemiologist for the New York State Department of Health; professional staff member for the U.S. Senate Committee on Labor and Human Resources; Director of the President’s Task Force on the Arts and Humanities; and Associate Vice President for Policy Planning, Director of Federal Relations and Instructor in higher education and public policy at the University of Pennsylvania.
Mr. Morse earned a B.A. with honors from Hamilton College and a master’s in international relations from the Johns Hopkins University. He serves on several boards of nonprofit organizations.