David Campbell

Co-founder & Chairman

David Campbell has been a technology executive, board member, investment banker, and humanitarian field volunteer.

Maximum impact. Minimum bureaucracy. That’s David Campbell’s motto for All Hands and Hearts – Smart Response. David was on the verge of retirement when a massive tsunami hit Thailand in 2004. Armed with donations he collected from friends and 35 years of business management leadership, David traveled to Thailand determined to help. The experience was life­-changing and led David to create and lead the nonprofit natural disaster response and rebuild organization, All Hands Volunteers, now All Hands and Hearts – Smart Response. The organization enables volunteers to provide hands­ on assistance to survivors of natural disasters in the U.S. and abroad. Over the last 11 years, David has volunteered on dozens of post­-disaster projects including Hurricanes Katrina and Sandy, earthquakes in Haiti, The Philippines, and Nepal, and flooding in Iowa and South Carolina. The organization has earned the highest possible 4 Star Rating by Charity Navigator and a top 5 Star rating from Greatnonprofits.org and GoOverseas.com.

He went to Thailand in 2005 immediately following the tsunami, and became one of the founders of HandsOnThailand.org, which brought over 200 volunteers and several hundred thousand dollars to assist the rebuilding of five Phuket fishing villages. David incorporated All Hands and Hearts (previously known as Hands on USA, Hands On Disaster Response and All Hands Volunteers, respectively) on Sept 6, 2005, and brought 1,500 volunteers to Biloxi, MS.

Under David’s leadership over the next seven years, the organization managed over 30 projects, including major efforts in Haiti and Japan, as well as many domestic responses. David’s 50-year business background includes positions as President of BBN Technologies of Cambridge, and CEO at public companies Computer Task Group of Buffalo and Xpedior of Chicago.

Recognitions include an honorary doctorate from Niagara University, Citizen of the Year from The Buffalo News, 2013 Richard Cornuelle Award winner and most recently the winner of Encore.org 2014 Symetra Purpose Prize.


(2014), Being There: The Creation of a Cool, Happy, and Surprisingly Effective Disaster Response Organization

(2015), All Hands: The Evolution of a Volunteer­ Powered Disaster Response

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