The David Project recently hired Dylan Morpurgo as its newest Campus Coordinator. Morpurgo, a member of the Class of 2014 at Temple University in Philadelphia, will be receiving his B.A. in Political Science.
“As someone who has worked with The David Project as an undergraduate student, I am beyond excited to be joining their team,” said Morpurgo. “Seeing and experiencing the work they do firsthand, I know that they provide a substantial benefit to the Jewish and pro-Israel communities on the campuses where they work.”
Phillip Brodsky, Campus Director, stated, “We’re thrilled to have Dylan on staff. He has been involved with our organization since our first Israel Uncovered trip, where his love for Israel began. Dylan’s experience as a standout leader at Temple University with the College Democrats and LGBT group will help him be a leader at The David Project as we continue to expand our reach across the U.S.”
At The David Project, Dylan will train student leaders on the skills and methodology of relational advocacy – The David Project’s theory of change. “As a student activist on campus,” Morpurgo stated, “there is nothing more important than relationship building with different students and groups on campus, and that is exactly what I’m happiest to be doing with The David Project.” As a Campus Coordinator, Morpurgo will be working on a portfolio of campuses, consulting with students and student groups to help them map their campuses for strategic outreach, and, in addition to researching the campus environment on Israel, design and lead workshops and trainings.
“What an amazing opportunity to have Israel advocates learn from someone who was engaged by Israel advocates himself and became an Israel advocate because of it,” Brodsky said. “Learning from someone who started outside the system will be extremely powerful and beneficial.”
It was because of Morpurgo’s work with The David Project that he discovered his love of Israel and became an intern at the Israeli Consulate in Philadelphia. Originally from Bucks County, PA, Morpurgo has been involved in politics since high school. Starting as an intern for the Hillary Clinton Presidential campaign, Morpurgo worked his way up through different campaigns to eventually work on staff as a Legislative Aide to a Pennsylvania State Representative. Morpurgo served as the President of the Temple College Democrats and Caucus Chair of the College Democrats of America LGBT Caucus, and now serves as the Atlantic Regional Director for CDA. He is involved with Philadelphia’s LGBT political community and in his spare time enjoys volunteering with local political campaigns, traveling (he is a dual Irish-American citizen), and learning new languages (he is currently studying Hebrew).
The David Project positively shapes campus opinion on Israel by educating, training, and empowering student leaders to be thoughtful, strategic and persuasive advocates. Our approach, which we call relational advocacy, emphasizes building relationships with diverse communities on campus and helping students to use their Israel experience to relate to their peers. This past year, The David Project was named one of North America’s top 50 innovative Jewish organizations in the ninth annual Slingshot Guide, marking the first time an Israel advocacy organization has ever been recognized by Slingshot.