Dave Palmer

Twitter: @DP611

General Counsel

Dave Palmer serves as General Counsel for the Roosevelt Institute and Roosevelt Forward. Dave has also served as Vice President & National Director of Advocacy at Roosevelt. From 2013-15, Dave spearheaded a strategic restructuring of the Roosevelt Institute think tank, with a focus on increasing impact. Before coming to Roosevelt, Dave was the Executive Director of the Center for Working Families, the nonprofit think- and do-tank allied with the New York Working Families Party. There he led the effort to pass the Green Jobs–Green NY Act and companion utility bill financing legislation. He also served as campaign manager for the Fair Elections NY campaign for public financing of elections (including, most recently, during a leave from Roosevelt in early 2014). Before that, Dave was an Equal Justice Works Fellow and Staff Attorney at New York Lawyers for the Public Interest, where he represented community-based organizations working to address contaminated school sites. He successfully sued the City of New York to strengthen the school-site review process. Dave began his career in 1997 as an organizer and lobbyist for the New York Public Interest Research Group (NYPIRG), focusing on higher education, government reform and environmental justice. From 2001-2003, Dave led the successful campaign to pass the Childhood Lead Poisoning Prevention Act in the NYC Council. He holds a JD from the City University of New York School of Law. Dave sits on the CUNY Law School Board of Visitors, and Board of Advisors for the Million Hoodies Movement for Justice and Climate Action Now, a project of New York Communities for Change (NYCC).