About the Founder
Dave Soleil is a leadership consultant, writer and activist specializing in the philosophy and methodology of Nonviolence. He has designed and facilitated transformational leadership programs for young people for over twenty years. Dave is also a founder of the K-12 Sudbury School of Atlanta and, most recently, was appointed to the Presidential Task Force for Leadership Curricula at Agnes Scott College. Previously, Dave was the Chair of the Leadership Education group for the International Leadership Association (ILA) as well as the Associate Director of the Center for Global Leadership and Team Development in the business school at the University of California, Irvine. Dave has worked organizations such as with Eboo Patel’s Interfaith Youth Core, the Martin Luther King, Jr. Center for Nonviolent Social Change, the Emory Center for Advancing Nonviolence, Erin Gruwell’s Freedom Writers Foundation, Patch Adams’ Gesundheit Institute, the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA), Compassion in World Farming USA, Marquette University’s Institute for the Transformation of Learning, the Emory University Scholars Program and more.
Dave received his Masters degree in Nonprofit Management from Indiana University and received a certificate in Kingian Nonviolence through his training with Civil Rights icon, Dr. Bernard Lafayette, Jr. He has also completed coursework at the Academy for International Conflict Management and Peacebuilding at the U.S. Institute of Peace.
Dave’s writing is syndicated by PeaceVoice, a project of the Oregon Peace Institute. He lives in Decatur, Georgia with his wife and two daughters.