David Combs is a member of the civic engagement/ marketing and communications team at The Chicago Community Trust, where his work encompasses core marketing strategy, special projects and business analysis.
Prior to joining the Trust, his work sought to empower local voices to solve global problems—specifically as such problems relate to the Global Goals for Sustainable Development. As the ONE Campaign’s inaugural field advocacy fellow, Combs was responsible for training and organizing volunteer leaders to influence Chicago-area congressional leaders in the name of eradicating extreme poverty. This work resulted in Chicago-area congressional support for, and federal passage of, legislation such as the Electrify Africa Act of 2015. Combs also served as the programs director for the United Nations Association of Chicago, establishing events and advocacy programs that continue today. He has replicated his advocacy efforts at the federal level for globally-minded initiatives including Shot@Life, UNICEF and Nothing But Nets, as well as at the local level on behalf of local initiatives with a global element, such as Cities for CEDAW.
Combs earned an MPA at Roosevelt University and a BA in media management at Columbia College Chicago. He has been published and spoken publicly about the local vitality, especially in such a cosmopolitan region as Chicago, of the Global Goals for Sustainable Development.