David Thistle
Director of Development

David is a graduate of the University of Colorado, Boulder, with CU ties that span more than 30 years. He grew up on Florida’s East Coast just a few miles from the Kennedy Space Center where his father was involved in the Apollo Space Program.

Prior to joining the Campus Programs and Parent Giving team, David spent the previous 16 years in technology selling software and cloud services to the private and public sector. David has been actively involved in a number of community and volunteer roles including serving as a Board Member for The Buffs-4-Life Foundation (Buffs helping Buffs) and The Denver Buff Club. Additionally, he has been a 20-year volunteer football coach in Boulder at Fairview High School.

David has an extended family in Colorado including seven members who also graduated from the University of Colorado, as well as his mother who served as House Director for 16 years on the Boulder campus for the Gamma Phi Beta Sorority. 

David actively enjoys all that Colorado has to offer along with his wife, Tonja, and daughter, Madison. They enjoy camping, skiing, hiking, biking, concerts and hosting friends and family at their home.