David Graben

President & Chief Operations Officer

As President and Chief Operations Officer, David has his hands on the pulse of every aspect of the organization. He manages a large and diverse team responsible for key initiatives such as product collection, domestic and international distributions, international service travel and strategic partnerships. He is the driving force behind Soles4Souls’ global expansion, developing procurement opportunities in Canada, Australia and Europe; and managing its direct and indirect micro-enterprise operations across the world.


David creates the sustainable, earned revenue streams at the foundation of our social enterprise model including country selection, partner vetting, logistics, supply chain management, entrepreneur development and impact measurement.


“I am grateful to Soles4Souls for the challenge and opportunity to create lasting solutions to poverty,” he says. “I am excited to use my experience to help those making their way toward a better life, and look forward to the enhanced impact of our new strategic plan. I am thankful to be part of such a great team.”


David comes to Soles4Souls with more than 14 years of experience in the event planning and hospitality industries. He has served as the General Manager of Western Kentucky University, Nashville Convention Center and the Holiday Inn Brentwood. Before moving to Nashville, he worked at the Dallas Convention Center, Yale University and the Daytona Speedway. David has planned and secured sponsorships for events such as the Country Music Association’s Music Fest and Award Show; and Country Radio Broadcasting. David currently sits on the board of Nashville’s National Organization for Workforce Diversity.


David is originally from Lineville, Alabama and currently resides in Mt. Juliet, Tennessee with his wife Pattie. They have two daughters, Megan and Morgan.