David Sanders is the Director of Innovate Arkansas at Winrock International.
Before joining Winrock, David served at served as director of an institutional advancement for a private, Christian college-preparatory school in Little Rock for over 11 years. Passionate about education, he worked to expand opportunity for students from underserved populations, technology use in the classroom, and on-site concurrent-credit opportunities through partnerships with regional universities. He led capital efforts for facilities construction for the fine arts, recreation, and technology.
His professional career extends into the private and public sectors. He led Johnson Controls Inc.’s business development efforts in the Arkansas’ health care space. Before that, he served as a policy and communications aide for Gov. Mike Huckabee.
For nearly ten years, David was a syndicated columnist for Stephen Media’s Arkansas News Bureau. Additionally, he has contributed to the Wall Street Journal, National Review Online, the Associated Baptist Press in Washington, D.C., World Magazine and the Arkansas Times. He is a Robert D. Novak Journalism Fellow with The Fund for American Studies and holds a B.A. in political science and communications from Ouachita Baptist University.
As a member of the Arkansas State Senate (elected in 2012), David is an assistant pro tempore. His Senate district encompasses portions of Faulkner, Perry, Pulaski and Van Buren counties, along with the entirety of Conway County. Before his election to the Senate, he served one term in the Arkansas House of Representatives.
In 2014, David was named an “Arkansans of the Year” by Arkansas Life Magazine and was named to the Arkansas Business “40 Under 40” in 2002. He has served in leadership and volunteer capacities with state and local organizations and work groups including serving on the boards of Economics Arkansas and the World Trade Center of Arkansas.