David Hartwell, of Minneapolis, Minnesota, is an advisor to, or board member of many businesses, nonprofit organizations and foundations. From 1989 to 2015, he was the President of Bellcomb, Inc., a global designer and manufacturer of composite panels. His corporate board work includes financial, building products, natural resources, and retail companies. His board work with nonprofit organizations is generally in the conservation arena although not exclusively and includes groups focused on local, national and international issues. In 2000 he began to build and led a coalition of conservation groups that culminated in 2008 with the passage by the voters in Minnesota of a constitutional amendment that will raise an estimated $7.5 billion dollars for conservation and the arts during its 25 year life. He is an avid birdwatcher and gardener. He and his wife travel whenever they get the opportunity and have 4 children and 8 grandchildren.