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Fostering Change Podcast | Episode 163 | Dave Silbert

January 16, 2023

Fostering Change Podcast | Episode 163 | Dave Silbert

In this week’s episode of Fostering Change, Rob Scheer talks with Dave Silbert, Co-Founder & Executive Director of So What Else. For as long as he can remember, Dave has always wanted to help people and serve his community in whatever way he could. As a young adult, Dave gained extensive experience working with people as the Assistant Director of an in-patient rehabilitation facility in California. After returning to the East Coast, he started his own personal training and sports coaching business, learning the in’s and out’s of running one’s own business and the joy in working with kids.

In 2009, a life-changing service trip to the lower 9th Ward in New Orleans changed the course of his life, and the emotional impact of taking part in this kind of philanthropic activism inspired him and Bob to organize their own community’s efforts in a local nonprofit to stimulate volunteerism in their own community; from this simple trip, So What Else was born. Dave has four kids and lives in Montgomery County, Maryland.


Story Key Notes:

🖐️ How SWE Started in 2009 With a Focus on Serving Youth

🖐️ Pandemic Pivot to Food and Hunger Relief

🖐️ Exponential Growth for the Organization in the Past 3 Years


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