David Trichler

David Trichler
  • Director of Operations at AidData, Institute for the Theory and Practice of International Relations

About David Trichler

David Trichler is Director of Operations at AidData. He is responsible for the day-to-day management of AidData (a team of ~40 faculty and staff and 100 students) at William & Mary's Institute for the Theory and Practice of International Relations, and is one of Diplomatic Courier’s top 99 leaders in foreign policy under 33 years old.

Previously, David served as Special Assistant to the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff and Special Assistant to the USAID's Chief Economist as a Presidential Management Fellow. He holds a master's degree in foreign relations from Georgetown University (graduating with highest distinction), during which time he worked as faculty assistant to Secretary Madeleine K. Albright and as researcher for former USAID Administrator Andrew Natsios. David also served as an adviser to the ExxonMobil Foundation and as a consultant for the World Bank. Prior to his time at Georgetown, David worked as a development adviser mapping micro-credit and community network for projects in Namibia, Morocco, Brazil and Bolivia.

In his spare time, he enjoys volunteering with the City's Community Response Team, river rafting while perusing the Economist, and spending time with his family on home renovation projects. David received his bachelor's degree from Brigham Young University, graduating Valedictorian.

Posts by David Trichler

The Student Lifespan – ITPIR Research

This month, I wanted to share an experience from Catie Crowley, a student who currently works with AidData and other projects at ITPIR. Her

Teaching and Application, Forest and the Trees

This semester is my first teaching a course. It has a focus on the application of policy tools in international relations. Each week we

Jump On Into Student Research

One of our summer highlights is a student research “shark tank.” Students work with staff and faculty mentors to hone an original idea, which

Summer research – turning up the heat!

I often get asked if life at a college is slower paced during the summer. Nope! If anything, it’s our busiest time of year,

Ticket to Paradise – Research Abroad

Each summer AidData – a research and innovation lab at W&M – sends students abroad to work with local organizations on research driven projects.

You’re headed to college – now what?

Last month I gave a presentation during W&M’s admitted student day. While it’s pushing a couple of decades, I well remember the agony and

Rafting & Research: Frontiers in Discovery

I grew up river rafting out west. Aside from the excitement of big water, I loved the fact that when you’re on the river