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Challenging Poverty as an Encore Career

A lifelong Episcopalian, David Griffith joined Episcopal Community Services (ECS) in Philadelphia as Executive Director in 2013 after a successful career as a business executive. “Our mandate is to challenge poverty in the region and, more specifically, to challenge intergenerational economic poverty. We believe that there is a set of processes and protocols that, if they’re done well, can lift people up and out of poverty,” David says of his motivation for launching a new career at an age when many people are ready for retirement. ECS allows Dave to bring his business experience and his experience with the Episcopal Church to bear on delivering positive outcomes and results for the clients and employees of ECS.

David Griffith

David Griffith

Before joining ECS, Dave served as President and CEO of Modern Group Ltd., where he remains Chairman. Dave is also board chair of the Delaware Valley Floral Group and a director of the JJ Haines Company. In addition Dave serves as Vice Chairman of the Philadelphia World Affairs Council, and director of the Pennsylvania Biotechnology Center. Prior to Modern, Dave was an executive with IBM and MCI in a number of different functions. His blog “Wear Muddy Boots” www.wearmuddyboots.com is widely followed and focuses on the issues of leadership, talent development, management, faith, and the call to service. He is nationally recognized as an authority on governance in both for profit and nonprofit settings.