David Drake

David Drake

David Drake

Executive Director

Dave has created and led programs for veterans since 2012, focusing on the healthy reintegration of veterans and their family members into civilian life after military service. Most recently, he was Founder and Executive Director of Aikido for Veterans & Families, a 501(c)(3)non-profit organization that blends mindfulness and somatic therapy with the art of Aikido (“The Path of Harmony”) to help transitioning service members achieve a state of relaxed calm even amidst challenging circumstances. Prior to working in the non-profit sector, Dave was an entrepreneur and CEO of several high-tech start-up companies in California and Colorado. He also served as an Advisor/Investor for entrepreneurs seeking to start and grow their businesses as a venture capitalist in several private partnerships and as the Executive Director of University License Equity Holdings, Inc., a technology transfer office within the University of Colorado. Dave has a BA in History and Japanese from Colgate University and an MBA from Harvard University.

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