DAVID E. SHELLENBERGER
Dave is an advocate for international liberty and international animal welfare.
Libertarians advocate for limited or no government, free markets, and individual liberty. Dave has evolved from supporting limited government (minarchism) to favoring anarchism. Anarchy simply means “no ruler.” Dave believes libertarianism is the truly compassionate political philosophy.
In the past, Dave worked as a securities attorney. He was a pioneer in investor rights, with his own law firm in Boston, Massachusetts, from 1989 through 1998. He represented victims of Wall Street’s fraud and abuse and advocated for regulators’ attention to the problems. During this period, for several years, he also was an adjunct instructor in Business Law at Babson College in Wellesley, Massachusetts. He enjoyed teaching both undergraduate and MBA students.
Dave next served as Chief of Licensing for the Massachusetts Securities Division, leading the national efforts to expose fraud in the day trading industry. This included acting as the lead writer and editor of the official report, and testifying before a hearing of the U.S. Senate’s Permanent Subcommittee on Investigation.
He then was Chief Counsel for the New York office of NASD (now FINRA), which regulates the brokerage industry, heading enforcement for the region. Business Week called him a “no-nonsense regulator.” After that he worked as an in-house counsel and executive in the industry, leading the development of cutting-edge compliance systems.
After repeatedly making his mark as anti-fraud attorney, Dave determined to pursue his decades-long interest in communicating the libertarian viewpoint. He has always been a friend of the underdog and believes that government oppression is the greatest threat to individuals throughout the world. Wise investors can simply avoid Wall Street, using no-load index funds. But people cannot avoid governments; the relationship is involuntary and implicitly illegitimate.
Dave has supported liberty-oriented organizations for many years. He also has attended numerous programs sponsored by organizations including the Cato Institute, Atlas Network, Foundation for Economic Education, the Independent Institute, Reason Foundation, and Students for Liberty.
Dave leads the Facebook group OR-7 Wandering Wolf of America. The group now covers the international protection and restoration of wolves, coyotes, cougars, and other predators, as well as animal welfare in general.
Dave was born in upstate New York. His late parents were renowned YMCA executives.
Dave spent his first years in upstate New York and then several years in Oklahoma, where he enjoyed being a young cowboy. After that, his family settled in tamer Framingham, Massachusetts, outside of Boston. Because of his parents’ work, Dave had the benefit of enjoying the natural environment and meeting people from all over the country and the world. He also traveled to Europe and Japan on trips, and later led a trip to Japan.
Dave earned his B.A. in Environmental Science from Hampshire College in Amherst, Massachusetts, and his J.D. from Boston University School of Law. He currently lives in Connecticut.
Dave has always been motivated to try to make the world a better place.