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

Episcopal Community Services

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Dave Griffith is currently the Executive Director and Head Coach of Episcopal Community Services of Philadelphia. ECS is a 149-year-old faith-based social service agency focused on the issues of addressing intergenerational poverty using leading edge brain science, coaching, and advocacy. The agency provides a mix of services that provide stability, prevention, and impact. He is the first nonclergy, non-MSW to lead the organization.

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

Dave is the author of The Muddy Boots Blog, www.wearmuddyboots.com and a guest columnist for the Philadelphia Business Journal. 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, the Fox School of Business, the Rutgers School of Engineering and Bryn Mawr School of Social Work. He is a nationally recognized speaker and author on governance, compensation, leadership and more recently on the issues of poverty, privilege, and race in America.

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 is an alumnus or member of MHEDA, ARA, NAW, YPO, and the Alliance for Strong Families and Communities.

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 School. At Kenyon, he received his BA with honors in Economics and History. While at Kenyon he played DIII Soccer and Lacrosse. Volunteered with the local Fire Department and served as both an EMT and line officer and worked as a resident advisor. He is also a member of the Lambda chapter of Delta Kappa Epsilon. He is a member of Lookaway Golf Club, Sea Oaks Beach and Tennis Club, The Union League of Philadelphia, Balsam Lake Club, Trinity Episcopal Church, St Peter’s Episcopal Church and the Athenaeum of Philadelphia.

He is married, and he and his wife of 40 years, Jacqui have two adult children. He is an adequate golfer and avid fly fisherman.