David Kirk (Washington, DC) is the founder of the Raffel Company LLC, which owns and operates YourCTO and Jobmigo. YourCTO develops software and mobile apps for non-technical entrepreneurs. Jobmigo is a mobile application that helps students and other job seekers learn how to structure and execute an effective job search, by building and actively maintaining a professional network.
David is also a contributing editor at Metro UN, a bi-weekly newspaper about the United Nations.
Previously, David founded Fora, which offered a cohesive community engagement software to nonprofits and educational institutions to help them build active and sustainable communities, utilizing a dynamic incentive structure.
Prior to starting his own company, David conceptualized, created and served as executive producer of a reality television show in India and Pakistan that featured young entrepreneurs pitching startup business ideas to a cross-border panel of investors. As part of this effort, he successfully negotiated broadcast deals with CNBC India, India’s most viewed English language business network, and GEO TV, Pakistan’s then-leading cable entertainment network.
From 2009-2014, David served as the Director of the Young Atlanticist program at the Atlantic Council (now called the Millennium Fellowship Program) – where he was named the youngest Director in the Council’s 50+ year history. In that role he raised over $3.5 million in seed funding from government, foundation, corporate, and individual donors, and launched large scale initiatives with strategic partners including the US State Department, the European Union, NATO, the Robert Bosch Stiftung, the Allianz Foundation of North America, and many others.
Prior to joining the Council David worked as the Communications Director on five political campaigns, including work on statewide electoral races in two key battleground states. His last position in electoral politics was working in political outreach at the 2008 Presidential Inaugural Committee, which oversaw the first inauguration of President Barack Obama.