David W. Riggs, Executive Vice President

David helps implement the Pope Foundation’s mission of improving the well being of the citizens of North Carolina through the advancement of individual freedom and a culture of personal responsibility.

Prior to joining the Foundation, David was an Environmental Program Officer at the Charles G. Koch Charitable Foundation in Washington, D.C. He also held senior fellow positions at the Capital Research Center, the Competitive Enterprise Institute, and the Center of the American Experiment, and taught economics at George Mason University.

He earned a B.A. at the University of North Carolina at Wilmington and a Ph.D. in Applied Economics at Clemson University. David has published articles in professional journals, edited volumes, and newspapers such as Investor’s Business Daily, The Denver Post, and The Philadelphia Inquirer.