David da Silva Cornell has been appointed Director of Development at Dade Community Foundation.
An attorney, Cornell’s practice has focused on corporate law and international and domestic business transactions. He comes to the Foundation after serving as special counsel with Buchanan Ingersoll & Rooney, before which he was the general counsel of Wannado Entertainment, a subsidiary of Corporación Interamericana de Entretenimiento, S.A. de C.V.
Prior to joining Wannado Entertainment, Cornell practiced international corporate law with Greenberg Traurig in Miami, where he worked with clients from and projects in Latin America, the Caribbean, Europe, and Asia.
Cornell is a graduate of Yale, from which he received his Bachelor of Arts in Economics and East Asian Studies as well as a Master of Arts in East Asian Studies and a Master of Arts in East Asian Languages and Literatures. He subsequently received a joint Juris Doctor and Master of Science in Foreign Service from Georgetown University.
He is proficient in Portuguese, Chinese (Mandarin), and Spanish and has a reading knowledge of French. Cornell has also provided pro bono legal services in the areas of international human rights (including drafting for International Campaign for Tibet two position papers that were submitted by non-governmental organizations to the 1996 session of the U.N. Commission on Human Rights), religious and other nonprofit organizations, immigration, and domestic violence.
“His knowledge of South Florida’s diversity and involvement with community organizations and leaders will help the Foundation increase our visibility and philanthropic reach into the community,” said Ruth Shack, Foundation President.