David Ciulla currently serves as the Executive Director of ReadWorks, a New York City-based nonprofit organization that enables teachers to solve the reading comprehension crisis and eliminate the achievement gap in the U.S. by improving teacher effectiveness through research-based and classroom-proven instructional practices, curriculum, and open-access online technology.
In 1998, David co-founded Sportsbasement.com and Sports Basement retail stores in San Francisco. In addition to co-founding a successful regional retail company, David previously analyzed and supported medium-sized companies in New York as a senior credit analyst at Chemical Bank’s Middle Market Banking Group. David has also worked on the Navajo Nation in Shiprock, N.M., as a volunteer small business consultant and was a volunteer consultant and adviser to the Native American Community Academy, supporting the founder of the public charter school, which opened in Albuquerque, N.M., in 2006.
During the summer of 2005, David served as an intern for CEN by spending nearly two months in the Santarém region, where he was successful in mentoring the communities on a number of initiatives, including holding a series of community driven and managed workshops on HIV and sexually transmitted diseases, advancing a micro-hydroelectric project, and many others. After returning to New York, David helped coordinate the first sales of handmade jewelry to the U.S. market. He continues to serve as an adviser for CEN.
David received his M.A. in international relations from the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies, concentrating in international development and economics, and his B.A. from Stanford University in political science and English.