David Clayton is a joint candidate for an MBA at the Graduate School of Business and an MS in the Emmett Interdisciplinary Program in Environment & Resources (E-IPER) at the School of Earth Sciences. David is pursuing his interest in energy from a business perspective while investigating the water and land use implications of the changing energy landscape. David previously worked in energy across Southeast Asia, Sub-Saharan Africa, and the U.S., in both renewable and traditional energy.
After receiving his B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from Texas A&M University, David joined McKinsey & Company in their Houston office prior to transferring to Johannesburg, South Africa. While with McKinsey, he focused on working with energy and heavy industry companies on strategy and operations, while also touching logistics and healthcare.
David left McKinsey to join the Chief Strategy Officer's team at Kimberly-Clark, where he worked on a variety of internal business opportunities prior to transferring to Central American Product Marketing based in San Jose, Costa Rica. While there, he commissioned new consumer research and used the new insights and changed assumptions to develop and launch several product marketing pilots. David left Kimberly-Clark and moved to California to join the Stanford MBA class of 2015 and pursue the joint MS.
David currently serves as a student representative to the Stanford Board of Trustees as well as the Graduate School of Business' Academic Committee. In his spare time, David enjoys hiking and running, finding good jazz jams, and trying to convince others to learn his favorite Texas domino game.