David has been investing in private companies for over 30 years. Before founding North Atlantic in 1986, he was President of Maine Capital Corporation. He started his business career in commercial lending at the First National Bank of Boston. He is a past Chairman of the National Association of Small Business Investment Companies, and a past member of the Board of Directors of the New England Venture Capital Association. He earned a BA from Yale University and an MBA from Harvard Business School. He also served as an officer in the United States Navy.
David also serves on the boards of several non-profit organizations. He is currently Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the Bigelow Laboratory for Ocean Sciences. His other non-profit board affiliations have included the Schepens Eye Research Institute (affiliate of Harvard Medical School), Maine Community Foundation, Maine Science & Technology Foundation (Chairman), Common Good Ventures and the Taft School.