David Girard-diCarlo Elected to National Constitution Center Board of Trustees
In April 2012, former U.S. Ambassador, and Member at Cozen O’Connor, David F. Girard-diCarlo ’73, was elected by The National Constitution Center to its Board of Trustees, previously chaired by former President William J. Clinton.
The National Constitution Center is the first, and only, nonprofit, nonpartisan institution devoted to the most powerful vision of freedom ever expressed: the U.S. Constitution. As America's forum for constitutional dialogue, the Center engages diverse, distinguished leaders of government, public policy, journalism and scholarship in timely public discussions and debates.
National Constitution Center President and CEO, David Eisner, commented that “Ambassador Girard-diCarlo brings a deep personal commitment to his country, a lifetime of political and policy connections and a passion for international engagement that are sure to bolster the Center’s ability to achieve the aggressive goals in our strategic plan.”
In 2008, former President George W. Bush appointed Girard-diCarlo as U.S. Ambassador to the Republic of Austria. Prior to his service as Ambassador, Girard-diCarlo worked for 26 years with Blank Rome LLP, first as a partner, then as Managing Partner and/or Chairman. He began his career as an associate with Wolf Block LLP, then joined Dilworth Paxon LLP, where he became a partner. By 1979 Girard-DiCarlo had been appointed to the Board of the Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority (SEPTA) by former PA Governor Richard Thornburgh, sitting as Chairman from 1979 to 1982.
Girard-diCarlo has been actively involved with numerous local, state and federal political campaigns, as treasurer of the Ridge for Governor Committee and chairman of the Governor elect’s Transition Team, PA State Chairman of the Bush - Cheney 2000 and 2004 campaigns, Co-chairman of the host committee for the 2000 Republican National Convention and PA Chairman for McCain for President in 2008.
In addition to The National Constitution Center, he has served in leadership positions at several prominent cultural institutions including the Greater Philadelphia Chamber of Commerce, the Philadelphia Orchestra and Academy of Music, the Walnut Street Theatre, the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, the Arizona Heart Foundation, and recently completed a 2 year term as President of the Pennsylvania Society.