In 2004, David Rountree moved to Gainesville and has never looked back. After graduating from the University of Florida in 2008 with a B.A. in Political Science and a minor in Education, he began his professional journey in Gainesville. David has served in various director roles, all focusing on advancing each respective organization’s mission and understanding of the community they serve. With over a decade of nonprofit experience, his roles have traversed the sector including a program volunteer with the American Cancer Society, a Board member at our local Early Learning Coalition, and a Development officer at a regional mental health and substance disorder organization. In the fall of 2021, David made his return to advancement and development after serving the community as a DEI (diversity, equity, and inclusion) officer with our local community foundation. He is a graduate of the AHP Madison Institute of Philanthropy, a member of the Greater Gainesville Chamber of Commerce Diplomats, and member of the Gainesville Black Professionals. In his free time, David is an avid woodworker, multi-instrument musician, and a father of two adorable puppy rescues (Ted and Luna) from his local Humane Society.
Hometown: Growing up with a father in the military and a mother that worked across the globe in the transportation industry, David never called one place his home. After being born in Augsburg, Germany David and his family moved where his parent’s professions relocated them but in 2004 he made the choice to move to Gainesville. Even though he was not born here, David considers Gainesville as his hometown having spent most all his adult life between Waldo Road and nw 143rd Street.
Why I do this work: “I‘ve never had a hometown growing up since we relocated frequently so when I made the decision to move to Gainesville, I did not think I would be here longer than two years. Soon after arriving, I was drawn in by the culture, the business community, but most importantly the people. I grew up in a house where you took what you need and you shared your additional blessings with those that needed it. This community has found a way to take care of me through my adult formative years and I am now a proud Alachua County Resident. I want to provide the same growth to others in our community by giving donors the opportunity to support programs and services that make an impact in North Central Florida. Gainesville is my home, my family and this is one small way I can say thank you for the love I’ve been shown!”