David Nygren, PhD, Principal

“Clients trust us with highly sensitive, pivotal challenges.”


Boston University

PhD in Psychological and Brain Sciences
MA in Psychological and Brain Sciences

Harvard University

Certificate Institute for Educational Management

Catholic University of America

MA in Comparative Literature

Chicago Theological Union

MA in Systematic Theology
MDiv in Social Ethics

University of Denver

BA in English and Teacher Certification

College of St. Thomas

BA in Philosophy


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David Nygren, PhD, works with client executive and governance leaders on a range of issues closely connected to both clarifying the strategy and linking to key initiatives to ensure its success. David advises both Fortune 500 and non-profit clients, where he works extensively with health systems, arts institutions, and foundations.

Typical client work includes:

  • Planning and facilitating sessions that align the board and executive leadership on strategic imperatives and action-oriented follow-up;
  • A complete range of both board and executive assessments; and
  • Advising in areas critical to board performance, including board composition, process, structure, strategic planning, committee effectiveness, and leadership

David established Nygren Consulting, LLC in 2007 after ten years at Mercer Delta Consulting, LLC, where he was founding Senior Partner of the Corporate Governance Consulting Group.  Earlier, David was Executive Vice President at DePaul University, where he was a tenured professor teaching organizational theory and design, leadership, and corporate governance.

David has also held research and teaching appointments at Boston University Graduate School of Management, Yale University’s Program on Non-Profit Governance and Finance, Harvard University New President’s Program Faculty, the Association of Governing Boards of Independent Colleges and Universities, the American Symphony Orchestra League, the American Hospital Association, and the Haas Graduate School of Business.

David is a member of the corporation of DePaul University; a trustee of St. John’s University; chairman of the board of directors of the Rocky Mountain College of Art and Design; director of the Jesuit School of Theology of Santa Clara University; chairman of the board of the National Association of Corporate Directors Northern California; a director of Larkin Street Youth Services; chairman of BoardSource; a board member of the Dream Foundation; and a director of the Ojai Music Festival in 2011 and Board President in 2014.

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