David Westerlund, Board Member, Igniting Philanthropy committee
Founder, Consultant at Be Present Discover Joy Consulting, LLC
David is the Founder of Be Present Discover Joy Consulting, LLC. He delights in listening to the
aspirations of leaders and helping them unlock the latent resources of their teams and
organizations by catalyzing their collaborative capacity. His work centers around building
increasing engagement and innovation, leading to resilient, supportive, joyful, and agile
workplace cultures that allow organizations to have greater momentum and impact towards their
mission. He facilitates interactive, highly-engaging retreats that are infused with the foundational
tenets of Applied Improvisation. His clients include: United Way of King County, PeaceHealth,
Skagit Valley College Foundation, Non-GMO Project, Bastyr University, Catholic Community
Services, and the USDA’s Center for Training and Development.
Prior to his current work, David had 14 years nonprofit experience, most recently as a Director
of Development for Tierra Nueva, a nonprofit in the Skagit Valley. He also worked as a
Stormwater Pollution Prevention consultant with Whatcom Environmental Services.
David founded and continues to run a donor-supported project in 2018 called Yes!Resilence
that unleashes latent resilience in marginalized people and those who serve them via facilitating
applied improvisation workshops to cultivate agency, resilience, support, and joy.
David holds a BS in Industrial Engineering from the University of Pittsburgh, and is a lover of
life-long learning, growth, and development. David lives in Bellingham with his delightful
daughter, Simone, who is a senior in high school hoping to hear a YES from the University of