David Greenwood-Sanchez is completing a PhD in political science at UW-Madison. He specializes in agricultural politics in Latin America, and has conducted fieldwork in Peru, Mexico, and Kenya. He completed a Fulbright research fellowship in 2019.
David grew up in St. Paul and loves it here. He attended St. Paul Central and has worked all over the city – doing everything from teaching tennis to kids with the St. Paul Urban Tennis Program, to working as a cook for the St. Paul Saints at Midway Stadium. He participates every winter in the medallion hunt, and enjoys biking along the river and playing music with the many talented musicians in our city. He also co-runs a group, the Twin Cities Front Yard Organic Gardeners club, to promote front yard gardening for vegetables and native pollinator plants.
Before beginning his PhD, David worked as a program evaluator for the MN Office of the Legislative Auditor (OLA), and as a research analyst for Poverty Action Lab (J-PAL) in Santiago, Chile. He holds a B.A. in economics from Whitman College and a M.P.P. from the Humphrey School at the University of Minnesota.
David joined St. Paul Strong after witnessing the destruction of the historic St. Andrew’s church building in St. Paul’s Como neighborhood. During this experience, he saw political leaders actively attempt to disengage and deceive his community to achieve a narrow political goal. David believes that this does not represent the values of this city, and he is committed to fighting for transparency, accountability, and new models of community engagement.