David B. Woodward

Woodward founded DAVID WOODWARD & ASSOCIATES LLC in 2016 utilizing expertise developed over his 39 years in the field of international education and business.  Woodward is President of the American Consortium of Universities, Special Assistant for International Relations for Seattle Pacific University, and he previously served as the President & CEO of Associates in Cultural Exchange (A.C.E.) from 1998 to 2016.  

Woodward was born in Iran where he spent his early youth and developed a fascination for languages and cultures of the world. As a result, he became fluent in Persian, French and Arabic, studied Greek, Hebrew and German, and has traveled to over 50 countries. Following studies at Carleton College (Northfield, MN) and the University of Washington (Seattle, WA), he received a National Resource Fellowship in Near Eastern Languages and Civilization in 1981 completing the degree in 1985. Woodward holds four degrees from the University of Washington including a Master of Education in Higher Education with a specialization in Teaching English as a Second Language, a Master of Arts in Near Eastern Languages and Civilization, a Bachelor of Arts in Linguistics, and a Bachelor of Arts in History. Beside teaching for A.C.E., Woodward taught English as a foreign language at Kuwait University in 1982-83. Over his career he has presented extensively in forums and conferences on cross-cultural communication, language education, global business, international program administration, and Middle East civilization.

Woodward has led multi-site organizations nationally, marketing internationally, strengthening board and organizational development, and setting up strategic relationships worldwide. He has coordinated the formation of several key international marketing consortia, and collaborative initiatives across professional disciplines. In addition Woodward has initiated the development of various business startups and educational projects involving small businesses, universities, corporations, and government agencies within the U.S. and in peer regions of the world. Clients Woodward has worked with include the European Bank for Reconstruction & Development, the Eiken Foundation of Japan, the Ministry of Education of Korea, the Yemeni Ministry of Oil and Mineral Resources, Samsung Corporation, World Learning, AMIDEAST, Academy for Educational Development, Boeing, Microsoft, USAID, EPA, the Japanese Ministry of Education (MEXT), the Japan-U.S. Exchange Commission and dozens of universities and schools worldwide. Woodward has also provided recruiting, consulting and liaison services for Sultan Qaboos University (Muscat), the Qatari Ministry of Interior (Doha), the Abu Dhabi Chamber of Commerce & Industry (Abu Dhabi), Goodman Real Estate (Seattle), and Quality Schools International (Ljubljana). He has established contracts for services, branch offices and representative service arrangements with client organizations in Oman, Kazakhstan, Russia, Switzerland, Japan, Korea, Australia, and six U.S. states, as well as managing for-profit and not-for-profit subsidiaries and spin-offs. 

Woodward is Chairman of the Board of the Downtown Seattle Rotary Club (2018 - 2019), a member of the Constituent Council of the  Commission on English Language Program Accreditation (CEA), a member of the District Export Council for Washington State, the Sponsored Program Agency Liaison for the IEM KC & Steering Committee member of the Middle East Member Interest Group for NAFSA: Association of International Educators, a member of the Seattle International Affairs Advisory Board, a member of the Washington State Committee of the U.S. Global Leadership Council, a Senior Adviser for the Chungbuk Free Economic Zone of Korea, a member of the Janusz Korczak Association of the USA, and a member of the Advisory Board of the Persian & Iranian Studies Department of the University of Washington.

Recent Publication:

Managing a Successful International Admissions Office: NAFSA's Guide to International Admissions (contributing author), Mar 1, 2017, by NAFSA: Association of International Educators

Developed to assist international enrollment management (IEM) professionals in working with international applicants, Managing a Successful International Admissions Office: NAFSA's Guide to International Admissions provides an overview of issues related to international admissions. It covers international undergraduate and graduate admissions issues, as well as special topics such as conditional admission, bridge and pathway programs, agents, and more.

Video introducing Seattle Rotary's leading diplomatic members (2018):


Video Presentation on Current Issues in Iran & the Middle East (2014):