David S. Evangelista
President and Managing Director, Special Olympics Europe Eurasia
Senior Advisor, International Development, Special Olympics, Inc.
David Evangelista is responsible for the growth and development of the Special Olympics movement throughout 58 nations across Western Europe, Central and Eastern Europe and Central Asia. David has extensive global experience in the areas of government relations, policy development, and global and inclusive development programming in support of marginalized populations. David has served as a guest speaker for numerous United Nations agencies, the European Union, national governments, and a number of civil society organizations on issues related to inclusive development, disability, and global affairs. He has also published editorials in a number of leading platforms such as Euronews, the Jerusalem Post Report, Marca, Euractiv and is an experienced media spokesperson for the Special Olympics movement. David has a bachelor’s degree (B.A.) degree in International Relations from American University’s School of International Service in Washington, DC and a master’s degree in International Business from IESIDE in Vigo, Spain. David is a former member of the High Level Group on Sport Diplomacy of the European Commission, a member of the Board of Directors of The Access Challenge, a current member of the Advisory Council of the Center for Sport and Human Rights, and a Progressive Melvin Jones Fellow of Lions Clubs International. Evangelista has a bachelor’s degree in international relations from the School of International Service of American University in Washington, D.C., and a master’s degree in international business from IESIDE in Vigo, Spain. David is a native of Rhode Island, USA, and currently resides in Vigo with his wife and their two sons.