David Snyder is president and chief executive officer of The Economic Club of Chicago. Founded in 1927, The Economic Club is one of nation’s most influential forums for the dissemination of economic, business and social views, dedicated to fostering the development of leaders within Chicago’s civic and business community. The Economic Club has welcomed many prominent thought leaders as speakers including CEOs of leading Fortune 500 companies, U.S. presidents, prime ministers, and other foreign dignitaries.
Before his role at the Economic Club, David Snyder was Chief Operating Officer of Chicago CRED, a pioneering initiative targeting gang-affiliated men most at risk for being perpetrators or victims of gun violence. Chicago CRED focuses on street-level violence prevention/interruption, intensive trauma-informed counseling, education and workforce development. In his role as COO, Mr. Snyder oversaw CRED’s business operations, strategic planning and grant-making.
Prior to joining CRED in early 2017, Snyder spent more than three decades in various roles, including as Publisher and Editor, at Crain’s Chicago Business, the nation’s leading local business newspaper and website.
Mr. Snyder is on the board of directors of the Polk Bros. Foundation, the Harris Theater for Music and Dance, The Commercial Club of the Chicago and the Economic Club of Chicago. He’s also a trustee of Beacon Academy, a private Montessori/International Baccalaureate high school in Evanston, IL.
A native of Easton, Pa., Mr. Snyder is a graduate of American University in Washington, D.C., where he received his degree in business administration.
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