David Koppisch is the Associate Director of Community Engagement for the Hope Center for College, Community, and Justice. David was a co-founder of POWER: An Interfaith Movement where, for eleven years, he helped the organization achieve significant policy wins including a fair formula for the equitable distribution of public school funding in Pennsylvania, fair wages and treatment for workers on city subcontracts, and criminal justice reforms to reduce Philadelphia’s jail population. David’s work with the Women’s Community Revitalization Project and a coalition of housing activists, practitioners, and academics helped create the Philadelphia Housing Trust Fund which has generated more than $150M in new revenue to expand access to affordable housing since 2005. David’s earlier career included work with several other grassroots and community development organizations in Philadelphia. David holds a Master of Social Work degree from Temple University and is a lecturer in the School of Social Policy and Practice at the University of Pennsylvania. David lives in Philadelphia with his wife and two children.
David’s hope: We will reduce inequality and strengthen democracy by making quality higher education universally affordable and accessible.