David Stearns is the Director of Communications for The B Team. He has spent close to 20 years helping businesses and non-profits in international development, global health and sustainability to define and communicate what they stand for, connecting bold leadership and big ideas with the right audiences to drive positive social change.
Prior to The B Team, David was a Vice President at Rabin Martin, a strategy consulting firm, and a lead in the agency’s health marketing and communications practice. At Rabin Martin, David provided senior counsel to major pharmaceutical and large foundation clients, and built high-impact strategic communications campaigns for initiatives including Saving Mothers, Giving Life, a public-private partnership to reduce maternal mortality in sub-Saharan Africa.
Prior to Rabin Martin, David was a Vice President in Edelman’s Business + Social Purpose practice, where he advised clients from the financial services, medical devices and extractives industries. David helped these multinational companies ensure their CSR and shared value ventures were strengthened through credible, authentic and substantive communications campaigns that informed and engaged key stakeholder and policy audiences.
David previously managed external communications and marketing for GBC Health, leading the international organisation’s efforts to promote private sector action against the global HIV, TB and malaria epidemics.
Earlier, he managed democracy development programs as a program officer based in Zambia and South Africa for the National Democratic Institute for International Affairs, and also served a statewide field coordinator for Amnesty International in Washington. David began his career as a newspaper reporter for several dailies and weeklies in Michigan, New York and Massachusetts, enhancing his appreciation of the value of an inquisitive mind, the definition of a real story, and the importance of understanding every aspect of a topic.
David earned his MA from The Elliott School of International Affairs at the George Washington University and his BA from Michigan State University.