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J. David Almacy

Widener '92

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David Almacy was elected to the General Council as Member-At-Large in 2018. He is a graduate of Widener University where he was initiated into the Pennsylvania Mu Chapter of Phi Delta Theta. After graduation, David worked for the Phi Delta Theta General Headquarters as a chapter consultant. He later served the Fraternity as Gamma South Province President, Washington, DC Alumni Club president and as a member and chairman of the Survey Commission, Phi Delta Theta’s expansion committee.

David is the founder of CapitalGig LLC, a communications firm that specializes in messaging, media, public relations and digital strategy. A recognized leader in communications, David brings over 20 years of experience including positions at Edelman, Waggener Edstrom, The White House, U.S. Department of Education, C-SPAN and the Republican National Committee. He is also an adjunct faculty member in Georgetown University’s Public Relations and Corporate Communications Master’s Program where he has taught graduate level courses on social media and digital communications strategy.

At Edelman, David was a senior vice president on the digital and media teams where he developed and managed comprehensive communications programs for clients such as Hilton Worldwide, Adobe, Wounded Warrior Project, ICANN, Microsoft, Starbucks, BAE Systems, Inc. and Walmart. Previously, David was the White House Internet director under President George W. Bush where he drove online strategy, served as an official spokesman, was the primary owner of WhiteHouse.gov and spearheaded the site’s comprehensive redesign.

In 2007, David was named as one of PRWeek’s “Top 40 Under 40.” In May 2009, Washingtonian magazine listed David among the “Top 100 Tech Titans” in Washington, DC.

David lives in Alexandria, Virginia with his wife, Julie, and their two daughters. He is also an avid sports enthusiast. When he’s not cheering for his daughters during various soccer and basketball games, he can be found on the sidelines as head coach of the Edison High School Junior Varsity Girls Soccer team.

A Piece of Advice

I have found that most people can be placed into three general categories. There are those that react to things, those that do nothing and those that are proactive and courageously step up to make a positive impact in the world around them. In my experience, the latter best exemplifies what it means to be a member of Phi Delta Theta. The Immortal Six challenged us to be better men guided by principles as outlined in The Bond. Their vision for our association is an incredible gift, one that helped shape me as a young man and continues to influence my life as an alumnus. If followed, there are no limits to what we can achieve both individually and collectively on campus and in our communities.