David A. Weber is Senior Director, Strategic Initiatives in the Office of External Relations for the MIT Sloan School of Management. In this role, he works closely with faculty, staff, alumni and other stakeholders in the planning and implementation of key strategic initiatives such as the Initiative on the Digital Economy, the Sloan Sustainability Initiative, the Initiative on Health Systems Innovation, the Center for Finance & Policy, and the Trust Center for MIT Entrepreneurship.
Prior to this role, he was Director of Corporate and International Relations, where he had responsibility for a wide variety of corporate relationships and international fund raising activities. Before joining the Office of External Relations in 2004, Weber served as Director of the MIT Management of Technology (MOT) Program, a 12-month Master's Program in Management for mid-career executives with strong technical backgrounds who are preparing to develop, build and lead technology-intensive businesses. He also served as Co-Director of the Sloan Fellows Program in Innovation and Global Leadership, a strategic integration of the MOT and Sloan Fellows Programs that have been the pillars of Executive Education at the Sloan School for many decades. Prior to directing the MOT Program, Weber served as Director of the MBA Program, Director of Educational Services, and Director of Student Services at the Sloan School, along with a number of other student services positions at MIT.
Before returning to MIT professionally in 1986, Weber enjoyed a successful career with the General Motors Corporation, where he spent nearly ten years in various positions in manufacturing management and forward planning. While employed at GM as an undergraduate, Weber was selected as a GM Scholar at the University of Wisconsin, where he received his BS in Industrial Engineering. Later in his career, he was also selected as a GM Fellow at the MIT Sloan School of Management, where he received his SM in Management. Weber also earned the EdM from Harvard University, where he concentrated in Higher Education Administration. Upon graduation from MIT, he was awarded the Seley Scholarship, the highest award granted to a graduating MIT Sloan student. Weber was also awarded the Theodore Herfurth Scholarship at the University of Wisconsin, and was the Wisconsin finalist for the Harry S. Truman National Award. More recently, Weber was selected to be a Susan Vogt Fellow by the Boston Consortium for Higher Education.
Weber is married with one daughter, and is passionate about ocean sailing and riding and training Friesian horses. He serves on the Visiting Committee for the University of Wisconsin Industrial and Systems Engineering Department and the board of Junior Achievement, in addition to other committees and advisory activities at MIT.