Senior Instructor, Faculty Director - MS Finance and Real Estate Programs

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David M. Gross, PhD is the Faculty Director, MS Programs in Finance and Real Estate and a Senior Instructor of Finance at the Leeds School of Business at University of Colorado at Boulder.

Dr. Gross was born and raised in New York City. He received his BA in Economics from New York University. After a stint as a derivatives trader in New York, he received his MBA with a concentration in Finance from Fordham University. In 2002, he received his Ph.D. in Financial Economics from the Leeds School of Business, University of Colorado at Boulder. His research work was in market structure, information asymmetry and price formation. His work examined the ability of market procedures to assimilate exogenous information shocks.

Dr. Gross started teaching finance part-time at the Leeds School of Business in 1996 and has been teaching at the Leeds School full-time since 2002. He teaches in both the undergraduate and masters’ programs at Leeds. His teaching interests include security and portfolio valuation and risk, fixed income and derivatives markets and securities and corporate finance.

Dr. Gross is a board member and current treasurer of the Dairy Center for the Arts. He is a partner at Social Venture Partners of Boulder County through which he provides financial consulting and seminars in financial management to Boulder County non-profits. He is member of the Foothills United Way Investment Advisory Committee and is the past treasurer of a Boulder-based non-profit medical clinic. He also consults in the areas of portfolio risk and business risk.

Teaching Interests

  • Financial Institutions Risk Measurement and Risk Management, Derivative Securities, Portfolio Theory and Investment Management, Introductory and Advanced Corporate Finance


  • Ph.D., Finance, University of Colorado
  • MBA, Fordham University
  • BA, Economics, New York University