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 David S. Liebschutz, JD/MPP/BCC,is a visiting professor of management and economics at Siena College, where he currently teaches seminars in leadership and law and economics and introductorycourses in micro and macroeconomics. In addition, he was a long-term public service professor at the University at Albany’sRockefeller College of Public Affairs, where he taught both undergraduate and graduateclasses in leadership and financial management

He is the principal of DSLeadership, LLC, a consulting and coaching firm specializing in leadership development and strategic planning for a variety of organizationsHe has servein several leadership roles on local and national volunteer boards in the Jewish and larger communities. 

He is a board-certified executive and life coach and has degrees in economics from Yale and law and public policy from Duke


Degree Program University
M.P.P. Public Policy Duke University
J.D. Law Duke University
B.A. Economics Yale University

My Siena Experience

My Teaching Philosophy

 As I once learned in a teaching workshop, it's not about my teaching, it's about my students' learning.  So over my 22 years of teaching at the collegiate level I always say to my students that I learn much more from them than they might learn from me.  This has allowed my students to own their learning with me serving as the guide and not the "sage on the stage."

What I Love About Siena

 The loyalty of the students to the campus and its traditions.  Students at Siena love being Saints!

My Favorite Courses to Teach

Applied Leadership
Law and Economics

My Professional Experience

Year Title University
2022 - Now Visting Assistant Professor in the Business Division Siena College
2015 - 2021 Lecturer in Management Siena College
2015 - Now Principal DSLeadership, LLC
2011 - 2021 Lecturer in Economics Siena College
2009 - 2010 Director of Strategic Planning and Analysis Center for Governmental Research
2004 - 2008 Assistant Dean for Career and Alumni Programs/Master's in Public Policy Program Director University of Albany, SUNY
2000 - 2004 Executive Director - University at Albany Hillel University at Albany, SUNY
2000 - 2021 Public Service Professor Rockefeller College, University at Albany, SUNY
1999 - 1999 Ian Axford Fellow in Public Policy New Zealand Treasury
1995 - 1999 Associate Director - Center for the Study of the States Rockefeller Institute of Government
1992 - 1995 Director of Marketing & Special Projects New York State Environmental Facilities Corporation
1990 - 1992 Financial Specialist New York State Division of the Budget
1989 - 1990 Manager of External Affairs Public Securities Association
1986 - 1989 Policy Analyst & Public Affairs Officer United States Treasury & Bureau of the Public Debt

Awards & Distinctions

  •  Student Senate Award
    Category: Teaching
    Siena College, 2014
  • Excellence in Teaching (PT or Adjunct Faculty)
    Category: Teaching
    University at Albany, 2006

Books & Book Chapters

  • State Tax Relief for the Poor

    1996