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David Gillespie


David is a native of Texas, and holds a bachelor’s degree in business administration from Texas A&M University and a Master of Education from the University of Georgia. He brings 29 years of marketing and sales management experience in education technology to his work as the Executive Director of Outreach at Virginia-Highland Church.

In a prior role, David successfully managed the higher education national sales force at Pearson Education through the start of its digital transformation. From 2005-2013, as Vice-President of Talent, Learning, and Development at Cengage Learning, he launched key initiatives and strategies in sales talent acquisition and development, sales learning, and sales effectiveness, and served as a key strategic advisor and coach for senior leaders of sales, marketing, and product development. In 2014, he launched his own executive recruiting business, OceansThree Talent Group, specializing in the educational technology market.

David began his own homeless street outreach in 2009, before attending Virginia-Highland Church, working with the chronically homeless that live outside in and around Midtown Atlanta. He co-founded The River, Virginia-Highland Church’s outreach to the homeless, in 2014.