David LeBoeuf is a lifelong Worcester resident and proud graduate of the Worcester Public Schools. He attended Heard Street Discovery Academy and Sullivan Middle School before moving on to South High where he was Class President and Valedictorian. David began his higher education journey at Clark University before transferring to Harvard College, where he was one of only 13 transfer applicants accepted internationally. He graduated with a degree in Social Studies (Community Engagement and Urban Social Change).
David worked his way through college and began his career as an interim staff assistant in the Worcester City Manager’s Office. In 2011, he was appointed as the Director of the Initiative for Engaged Citizenship (IEC), a coalition of community-based organizations focused on increasing civic participation in local elections and advocating for election modernization. Some of David’s accomplishments during his tenure include organizing Central MA Organizations to support the Election Modernization Bill and the coordination of over a dozen candidate forums. In 2014, David was asked to implement an outreach program for the Massachusetts Health Connector to educate residents on how to access quality health insurance. His team reached the most consumers of all partners involved in the project statewide, going door to door to reach over 5,000 households.
In December 2015, David joined the Initiative for a Competitive Inner City (ICIC)—a national nonprofit research and advisory organization, and the leading authority on U.S. inner city economies and the businesses that thrive there. As an Urban Business Initiatives Associate, David’s primary focus is the implementation of the outreach, application, and selection process for a public-private partnership aimed at increasing opportunities for small businesses in underserved communities. David has championed efforts to increase greater participation of veteran-owned and women-owned businesses in the program. Last year, he was invited to speak at a roundtable with Puerto Rico’s Resident Commissioner to address the economic crisis on the island.
David is also an advocate for survivors of domestic violence. He served as a family advocate at the Worcester Community Connections Coalition where he worked to make sure survivors had legal representation. In 2017, David was invited to the bill signing for the MA Sexual Assault Survivor’s Bill of Rights (the RISE BILL) for his legislative advocacy and work to champion the cause.
Prior to joining ICIC, David worked as a Divisional Program Manager at the Innovation Institute at the Mass Tech Collaborative, a quasi-public economic development agency, where he provided strategic support to efforts related to regional economic redevelopment initiatives, public research investments, big data, and talent development. David has extensive experience running campaigns from the office and pounding the pavement going door to door for candidates and causes in which he believes. In 2012, he ran Massachusetts State Representative Jim O’Day’s successful re-election campaign. In 2014, he served as the Central Massachusetts Regional Field/Political Director for gubernatorial candidate Steve Grossman. Later that year, David again served as Campaign Manager, this time for Massachusetts State Senator Harriette L. Chandler’s successful re-election campaign. He also served as the Central Massachusetts Coordinator for the Campaign to Protect the Affordable Housing Law (Vote No on 2) in 2010.
Worcester Magazine named David a “Hometown Hero” in 2011 and GoLocalWorcester named him one of “Worcester’s Ten Coolest People” in 2012. He was one of the inaugural recipients of the Harvard University Presidential Public Service Fellowship. In 2012, the Worcester Democratic City Committee awarded David the prestigious Paul Westburg Award. David is involved in a variety of community development activities in the Worcester area: He currently serves on the boards of the African Community Education program (ACE), the Latin American Health Alliance of Central MA (Hector Reyes House), and the NeighborWorks HomeOwnership Center of Central MA/Oak Hill Community Development Corporation, where he is board president. In 2015, David co-organized the Worcester Public Schools Young Professional Alumni Association (YPAN). The Network brings together young professionals with similar experiences to highlight the positive impacts WPS graduates have had on the community-at-large, explore opportunities for professional development, support current WPS students, and examine ways to give back to the community.