David is the CEO and Co-Founder of Avant Assessment based in Eugene, Oregon. At Avant, David has led the growth of Avant STAMP (Standards Based Measurement of Proficiency) into an online assessment in 11 languages that is widely used in K-16 programs to improve language program outcomes, and to award competency-based credit and the Seal of Biliteracy. Avant also developed and delivered the first online assessment of English proficiency for K-12 ELLs for the State of Oregon.
In addition to Avant, David was the founder of EARL, an iOS app that enabled people who had lost their sight to access thousands of digital newspapers, magazines, books and websites through speech recognition, text-to-speech technologies, and a patented on-the-fly language parsing technology for mobile devices; co-founder of Step.com, a Silicon Valley-based web service providing information on listed US companies to Japanese investors; and Managing Director of Kroll Associates Japan, a leading international corporate investigative and security consulting firm with additional postings in Hong Kong, San Francisco, New York and Silicon Valley. While in Tokyo he served as the only foreign member of a Ministry of International Trade and Industry committee to establish ISO standards for security and risk management.
David has a BA in the College of Social Studies and Japanese History from Wesleyan University, and speaks Japanese.