Dr. David J. Vidal

NYTS Board Member since

Religious Affiliation

  • Presbyterian

Dr. Vidal has served New York Theological Seminary as trustee under each of its five presidents since 1991.  He is Senior Fellow on Sustainability at The Conference Board, an emeritus role conferred in 2012 after 14 years as its thought leader in sustainability, corporate citizenship and corporate security and preparedness.

An ordained Presbyterian elder, he was born in Puerto Rico, educated in New York City public schools and the Ivy League, and taught from childhood in the Scriptures in Spanish.  His Puerto Rican and Dominican parents had migrated to NYC’s El Barrio in a call to ministry. 

A New York Times and Associated Press correspondent, he was vice president of the Council on Foreign Relations, Continental Corporation giving officer, and New York City Partnership public affairs director.  He served in the State Department and USAID during the Carter and Reagan administrations and was adjunct professor of journalism at Columbia University.

A speaker and presenter on issues of sustainability, business and society, foreign affairs, and migration–and as preacher and teacher of Bible–he has addressed audiences in Europe, the US, Latin America, the Caribbean, and Australia. He wrote the pioneering 1980 New York Times series “Living in Two Cultures: Hispanic New Yorkers.”

Fellow of the  Royal Society for the encouragement of the Arts, Manufactures & Commerce,  Fulbright Scholar, Council on Foreign Relations member, Presbytery of New York City trustee, Who’s Who in America honoree, White House Fellow, and adult Bible teacher at West End Presbyterian Church.

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