Currently serving as full time Program Director at the National Institute of Nursing Research within the National Institutes of Health. Dr. David Banks is a training/technical assistance, evaluation research, and management professional with over 25 years experience among not for profit, for profit, and government health and human service organizations in NY, TX, NC, and Washington, D.C. He provides training, evaluation, and technical assistance services to professionals and organizations. He has published collaborative articles on blood donation, domestic violence, elder care, higher education, HIV/AIDS, and substance abuse in professional journals such as the American Journal of Public Health; Journal of Black Psychology, and Transfusion. Dr. Banks has served as an Associate Vice President of Research with a public relations firm, Director of Research for a national non-profit organization, and as the Deputy Project Director with the Center for Substance Abuse Prevention, Technical Assistance to Communities Project for the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. In addition, he has worked on projects with numerous government, not for profit, and private organizations including the National Institutes of Health, the Susan G. Komen Foundation, and Holy Cross Hospital. He is a Registered Nurse and has completed advanced focus group training at the Research in Values and Attitudes Training Institute in Bethesda, MD. He is a Toastmaster’s International District 36 Champion and has also completed advanced Spanish Language courses at schools in Costa Rica, Nicaragua, Panama, and Venezuela. His professional pursuits are rounded out with an interest in real estate investing, golf, independent & foreign films, and vegan cooking. He was born and raised in New York City and now lives in Germantown, MD.