As Chief Development Officer, David and his team engages individuals and institutions worldwide on National Geographic's commitment to the power of science, exploration, education and storytelling to change the world. He first joined the National Geographic Society in August 2011 when he was appointed Vice President, Global Corporate Partnerships. In June 2014, he became Vice President for Development, responsible for individual giving programs including the annual fund, major gifts and principal gifts. Additionally, until his appointment as Senior Vice President in December 2014, Bennett served as National Geographic's Country Manager for China. In this capacity, he advised the organization on developing an integrated corporate strategy for the world's most important emerging consumer market.
Prior to joining National Geographic, David was Chief Advancement Officer of Safe Kids Worldwide, an international injury prevention organization. Previously, David served as Vice President of United Cerebral Palsy of America, and Director of the Fundraising and Sponsorship Group of Odell, Simms & Lynch, a consulting firm that provides services to non-profit organizations. Early in his career, Bennett worked in federal politics as a finance director for two United States Senate campaigns and as a fundraiser for a national political party.