Research Fellow at the Hoover Institution
David Davenport is a research fellow at the Hoover Institution at Stanford. He was co-chair of the civic engagement non-profit Common Sense California.
From 1985 to 2000, Mr. Davenport was the president of Pepperdine University, during which time the university saw significant enhancements in resources, reputation, and academic quality. Mr. Davenport served as a Distinguished Professor of Public Policy and Law at Pepperdine University from 2003 to 2008. He is the namesake of the Davenport Institute for Public Engagement and Civic Leadership at Pepperdine.
Mr. Davenport has done extensive civic leadership work throughout his career. In addition to co-chairing Common Sense California, a bipartisan effort to reengage citizens and bring their solutions to some of the state’s most pressing problems, he was also a member of Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger’s California Performance Review Commission and was on the board of directors of the National Legal Center for the Public Interest for 17 years. He is a former member of the board of directors of California Chamber of Commerce and currently on the board of governors of the Kansas Law Society. He has worked with a number of schools and education policy non-profits throughout his career.
Mr. Davenport is also a member of three corporate boards: Ameron International, Forest Lawn, and Salem Communications.
A strong voice in contemporary politics and policy, Mr. Davenport contributes regularly to several media outlets, including radio commentaries on the Salem Radio Network and written columns for Townhall.com and the San Francisco Chronicle.
Mr. Davenport earned a bachelor’s degree with distinction in international relations from Stanford University and a law degree from the University of Kansas School of Law. He has also served as a minister in the Church of Christ. His wife Sally and he have three children.