David Koppisch earned his MSW at Temple University’s School of Social Administration in 1994. He has more than 25 years of experience in community organizing, policy advocacy, fundraising, and direct practice. Mr. Koppisch has played lead roles in developing several grassroots change efforts in Philadelphia through his work with settlement houses, congregations, advocacy coalitions, and community development corporations. His experience with successful change campaigns includes work to craft and win the Philadelphia Housing Trust Fund, now a major source of affordable housing dollars in the city, as well as campaigns that resulted in increased funding for the city’s Basic Systems Repair program for low-income homeowners, acquisition of land for affordable housing production, and improved responses to blight and crime in neighborhoods.
Mr. Koppisch is a co-founder of Philadelphians Organized to Witness, Empower & Rebuild (POWER) – the largest faith-based community organizing effort in Pennsylvania – which has led successful organizing campaigns to advance living wage policies, increased investment in public schools, and boost civic participation. In addition, Mr. Koppisch has experience in direct service with persons experiencing mental illness and homelessness, and has done years of fundraising for both large social service agencies and grassroots organizations. As a Part-time Lecturer at SP2, Mr. Koppisch has taught Understanding Social Change: Issues of Race & Gender, Action Research, Building Community Capacity, and Political Social Work.