David J. Maurrasse, Ph.D.

Dr. David Maurrasse is the Founder and President of Marga Incorporated, a consulting firm founded in 2000 providing strategic advisory services and research.  Marga advises a range of institutions including foundations, corporations, universities, and government agencies.

Marga’s work has taken Dr. Maurrasse across the United States, as well as to Asia, Africa, Europe, the United Kingdom, Latin America, the Caribbean, and the Middle East.  Marga has specialized in advising networks of major institutions collaborating to address some of the most pressing concerns of today, including education, the economy, and the environment. .

Since 2000, he has been affiliated with Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs, where has most recently been Adjunct Associate Professor.  He is the Director of Columbia’s Earth Institute’s Program on Strategic Partnerships and Innovation, which researches efforts to combine governments, corporations, and nongovernmental organizations in improving societies around the world.

His periodic course on Cross Sector Partnerships has been a forum to bring Columbia graduates students in touch with emerging trends in solving social problems. From 1995 to 2000 Dr. Maurrasse was an Assistant Professor at Yale University, and a Senior Program Advisor at the Rockefeller Foundation from 1998 to 2000.

Dr. Maurrasse has published several books, including Listening to Harlem (2006), A Future for Everyone: Innovative Social Responsibility and Community Partnerships (2004), and Beyond the Campus: How Colleges and Universities form Partnerships with Their Communities.  His current book project, Strategic Public Private Partnerships:  Innovation and Development will address the dynamics and potential of creative cross sector partnerships to confront contemporary social and economic concerns.  He has served on numerous boards, two of which he has chaired. He is currently a Trustee at Bucknell University and Chair of its Committee on Community and Government Partnerships.  He is a member of the Global Urban Competitiveness Program, which convenes in various parts of the world to address trends in strengthening cities. He is a graduate of the University of Michigan, and he holds a Ph.D. from Northwestern University.