David Thomason, Ph.D., has joined the Strategic Partnerships, Inc. (SPI) consulting team with over 20 years of experience working in government related positions and higher education. As a senior consultant, David brings extensive knowledge that will be of significant value to the SPI Team and the companies it serves.
David holds a doctorate in political science from Arizona State University, a Master of Arts from the University of Missouri and a Bachelor of Arts from West Texas A&M University. Most recently, he served as a professor at St. Edward’s University, where he created and directed an innovative program called the Civics Lab. As a professor, he conducted research and instruction in state and local policy, public budgeting and policy, advocacy, civic engagement, and the legislative process. Concurrently, he founded his own public policy firm, providing expertise and direction for clients in the Texas political process.
He also served for over 11 years as senior vice president of public policy for a large Texas health-care association. David started his career in Texas policy and politics in the Texas Senate, working closely with elected leaders and statewide office holders. He also has a strong background in entrepreneurship, having launched two small businesses. In addition, he started and produced a series of podcasts on civic life in America, with a broad audience of 20 countries and every U.S. state.
David not only has legislative experience in Texas, but also in Arizona, where he served as a fiscal analyst with the Arizona Legislature’s Joint Legislative Budget Committee. His awards for professional excellence are too numerous to list, but his passions extend to the game of baseball, as well as fly fishing on almost any Hill Country river.