Muddy Boots         

The Wear Muddy Boots Blog

About the Author

Wear Muddy Boots comes from a phone call almost 40 years ago when I became a manager for the first time. 

I called a mentor and let him know I have become a manager at IBM.

He asked me to stand up and look down and tell me what I was wearing. 

Black wing tips.

Wrong Answer.

You need to be wearing muddy boots. You go into the field and you get your boots dirty. You listen to the folks doing the work and you learn. 

Best advice ever.

The mentor was my Dad.

                                                           David E. Griffith

                                              Executive Director and Head Coach

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Dave Griffith is currently the Executive Director and Head Coach of Episcopal Community Services of Philadelphia. ECS is a 148-year-old faith-based social service agency focused on the issues of inter-generational poverty. He is the first non clergy, non-MSW to lead the organization.

In addition to his work at ECS, he is the Chairman and investor of The Modern Group LTD., Chairman of Delaware Valley Floral Group, Chairman of the board of managers of Verus LLC., Chairman of Hoober Inc., Director and investor of the JJ Haines Company, Investor & Manager of Mountain Laurel Spirits, LLC. He also serves on the board of the World Affairs Council of Philadelphia and the Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University where he chairs the Governance Committee and Friends of Foundation Academy and the Philadelphia Economy League. He is the Chairman of the McEwen Family Scholarship Foundation and a director of the Griffith Family Foundation. He also serves as an adviser to the Journal of Social Innovation, Caliper, and the IBM Customer Advisory Council.

Dave is the author of The Muddy Boots Blog, www.wearmuddyboots.com. He is also a lecturer at the Center for High Impact Philanthropy at the University of Pennsylvania as well as the Non-Profit Leadership Program at the School of Social Policy and Practice and the Fox School of Business and the Rutgers School of Engineering. He is a nationally recognized speaker on governance, compensation, and leadership.

He is past President of the Material Handling Equipment Dealers Association and a previous Director of the National Association of Wholesales Institute for Distribution Excellence. He served as an officer and trustee of The Westminster School, trustee of the Pennsylvania Biotechnology Center, senior warden of Trinity Episcopal Church and clerked the Development Committee at Buckingham Friends School. He has served on search committees for the Presidents of the Academy and World Affairs Council as well as the Episcopal Bishop of the Diocese of Pennsylvania.

He was President and CEO of the Modern Group Ltd, VP of Marketing for MCI National Accounts, Regional Manager for The ROLM Corporation, and served in several executive positions at IBM including Regional Manager, Branch Manager, Administrative Assistant to the President, and Director of Marketing. In 1979 he was recognized as IBM’s top marketing representative in the US.

He is a graduate of Kenyon College and The Westminster Schools. At Kenyon, he received his BA with honors in Economics and History. While at Kenyon he played D-III Soccer and Lacrosse, worked as an RA, was a member of DKE , and volunteered with the local Fire Department as both an EMT and fireman. 


He is married, and he and his wife have two adult children, one son in law.  He and his wife are members of the The Union League, Lookaway Golf Club, Sea Oaks Club, The Balsam's Lake Club, St Peter's Philadelphia and Trinity Church Solebury. He is an average, but persistent golfer and avid fly fisherman.