Affilitation: Downtown Project-Director of Imagination, The University of Iowa-Obermann Public Scholar/faculty
David Gould is the Director of Imagination for the Downtown Project, a Zappos.com CEO Tony Hsieh-led organization dedicated to transforming Downtown Las Vegas into the led most community-focused large city in the world. He is also the University of Iowa’s first Obermann Center Public Scholar and a
Previously, Mr. Gould served as the Associate Director of Professional Student Development in the College of Liberal Arts & Sciences, and Lecturer in the Department of Health and Human Physiology at the University of Iowa. His courses explore higher education’s role in helping students find meaning and purpose (E.g. http://www.uiowa.edu/~lifeclas and http://www.uiowa.edu/~plugin/index.html) In 2012, he was presented the College of Liberal Arts & Sciences’ Star Volunteer Award and the Iowa Outstanding Staff Award. In 2007 he won an award for outstanding teaching at the University. He was also a nominee for the 2009-2010 and 2010-2011 Lola Lopes Award for Undergraduate Student Advocacy, and the 2008 President and Provost Award for Teaching Excellence. In 2009, Mr. Gould was profiled in the University of Iowa’s Be Remarkable Campaign, and from 2010 - 2013 graduating seniors at the University of Iowa recognized him as one of the top faculty and staff members who had a positive effect on their lives.
As a filmmaker, Mr. Gould’s credits include “Freestyle: The Victories of Dan Gable” and “The Checker King.” These films premiered on HBO Signature and HBO2 respectively and enjoyed favorable reviews from such publications as the L.A. Times, Chicago Tribune, and Newsweek. Among his awards, Mr. Gould has received a CINE Golden Eagle and a Regional Emmy for Outstanding Achievement. His documentary, “Two Sides of the Moon”, premiered at the 2011 Rhode Island International Film Festival where it won an Honorable Mention for Best Documentary Short. “Two Sides of the Moon” has also been an official selection at the 2012 Newport Beach Film Festival, 2012 Atlanta International Documentary Film Festival (DocuFest Atlanta), 2011 Unspoken Human Rights Festival, and the City of Fort Worth’s 2012 Movies That Matter: A Human Rights Film Series, among others. Mr. Gould is currently producing the feature film “Diane’s Room”, based on the life of legendary wrestler Dan Gable, and is represented by United Talent Agency.