Announcing David K. Speer as Maryland/Israel Development Center’s next Executive Director


The Maryland/Israel Development Center Board of Directors and its Search Committee are delighted to announce the appointment of David K. Speer as its new Executive Director, David will succeed Barry Bogage, who is retiring in 2022 after 30 years in this position.

David will be responsible for outreach to Israeli companies about business opportunities in Maryland, organizing trade missions to Israel and hosting Israeli business delegations the state. He will officially take over on November 15, 2021, and work with Barry and the Board of Directors to assure a smooth transition.

“We are very impressed with David: his character, leadership in the nonprofit sector, support for Israel and involvement in the Jewish community in Maryland. His vast experience in international partnership building and in-depth understanding of the technological, medical and science fields are critical to the MIDC mission as we move forward. All of the above will make a successful and smooth transition after Barry’s outstanding tenure guiding and expanding the MIDC,” said David Kuntz, Chair, MIDC Search Committee.

The Committee made this selection based on David’s extensive experience and professional achievements. He has been the Regional Director of the Baltimore/Washington Region for the Americans for Ben Gurion University since 2012 and recently added the Director of Intelligence and Analytics to his extensive portfolio.

David also served as a Board observer at Pearlstone. He is presently a Board member at the Bolton Street Synagogue and has been Jewish educator at the synagogue for the past 11 years. He also participated in The Associated’s Young Leadership Council and on the Israel and Overseas Impact Committee.

David holds a Master of Business Administration from the University of Baltimore, Merrick School of Business and a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Vermont, Rubinstein School of Environment and Natural Resources (May 2009). David and his wife Diana reside in Baltimore. “We are confident that David’s wide-ranging experience will help the MIDC continue as a high-integrity and effective organization promoting business and economic development throughout the State of Maryland and in Israel,” said Alvin Katz, Chair, MIDC.


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