David Rubenstein (activist)

David Rubenstein (activist)

David Rubenstein (born October 2, 1957) was the founding Executive Director for the Save Darfur Coalition. He helped develop a 182-member coalition to end violence and reduce the suffering in Darfur.


Biography and Education

David received a Bachelors of Arts in Economics from Washington University in St. Louis, Missouri. He graduated in 1981.

Work experience

He has worked with MCI Telecommunications, Green Seal Inc., EnvironMentors Project, Thoughtful Action Group and the Save Darfur Coalition. He is currently the Executive Director for Best Shot Foundation.

Save Darfur Coalition

The Save Darfur Coalition is a U.S.-based advocacy group calling for international intervention in the Darfur conflict in the Eastern African state of Sudan. It is a coalition of more than 180 religious, political, and human rights organizations designed to campaign for a response to the serious atrocities in the three Sudanese federal states that make up the region of Darfur. Note that the current number of Coalition members is much less than 180 (this number is from a few years ago).

Nicholas Kristof of the New York Times said: "I didn’t emphasize it enough in the column, but the leadership of the group behind the diplomatic initiative—the Save Darfur Coalition—gets enormous credit. Dave Rubenstein, who founded it and runs it, has managed to hold together a group that runs from liberal New Yorkers to evangelical Christian Texans, from Jews to Christians to Muslims. In a polarized world, that is a real achievement—and one reason for the group’s influence.”[1] It is important to note that the Save Darfur Coalition is currently overseen by a diverse board. As director, Rubenstein did not solely affect strategy. Furthermore, the Coalition was founded by other large human rights groups, including American Jewish World Service, and not by Rubenstein.

Best Shot Foundation

The Best Shot Foundation focuses global awareness and political engagement on childhood pneumonia. Best Shot Foundation believes that increased public commitment will drive increased health resource allocation to ensure that children stop dying from pneumonia, a preventable and easily treatable disease. The Best Shot Foundation is organizing dodgeball tournaments on college campuses across the country to raise awareness and funds for the fight against pneumonia. Each team competes for a chance to advance to the national Pnock Out Pneumonia Championship. Each dollar raised brings critical prevention and treatment services to those children most in need. Pnock Out Pneumonia is part of a global movement to bring greater attention to this deadly disease. This November 2, pneumonia advocates around the world will come together to commemorate the first-ever World Pneumonia Day.


  • Peace and Justice Award, Center for African Peace and Conflict Resolution at California State University, Sacramento, 2007
  • Alumnus of the Year, Leadership Washington, 2001
  • AT&T Environmental Achievement Award, 2000 (EnvironMentors)[2]
  • Washingtonian of the Year, Washingtonian Magazine, 1999


  1. ^ http://kristof.blogs.nytimes.com/2007/01/15/those-heroes-of-darfur/?pagemode=print
  2. ^ http://www.washingtonian.com/articles/people/6630.html

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