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David Manchester

Associate Director, Impact Assessment and Learning, Brandeis University

David Manchester is a Graduate Research Associate at CMJS where he works on socio-demography projects including the American Jewish Population Project, local community studies, and organizational studies, such as the Thriving Synagogue project. He is a doctoral student at the Heller School for Social Policy and Management, where his research focuses on using social media and digital content to explore communal dynamics and individuals’ expressions of Jewishness.

Prior to joining the CMJS, David lived in Washington, DC and worked for Blackboard, Inc., an educational software company, where he designed quantitative metrics and reports to track department progress and outcomes. He has also served as a Legislative Assistant for Hadassah, the Women’s Zionist Organization of America, where he focused on US foreign policy, energy and the environment, and health care reform. David received a BA in International Relations from American University in Washington, DC and masters' degrees in both Public Policy and Jewish Professional Leadership from Brandeis University.

Prior to moving to Boston, David was active in the Washington, DC Jewish community and serves as the President of the Board of Directors of American University Hillel.


  • 2017–present
    Associate Director, Impact Assessment and Learning, Combined Jewish Philanthropies
  • 2013–2017
    Graduate Research Associate, Brandeis University

Professional Memberships

  • Association for the Social Scientific Study of Jewry