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David Eisenthal observes (and now practices) politics, public policy, and culture. He lives in a small town in west central Massachusetts with his wife and children. He was born in California in 1961 and grew up in a suburb of Boston.

Eisenthal started The Eisenthal Report in February 2005 as a platform for his observations on politics and culture. Highlights have included interviews with Deval Patrick (now the Governor of Massachusetts) and former U.S. Senator Mike Gravel. He also participated in "blog conferences" in April 2007 and March 2008 with Sen. John Kerry (D - Massachusetts), the 2004 Democratic nominee for President.

He works professionally as a public finance advisor - advising local government clients on accessing the capital markets in order to meet their operating and capital funding needs. His expertise includes debt planning and structuring, disclosure preparation, and credit analysis. He has spoken on these topics to a number of groups, including the New England States Government Finance Officers Association. In addition, for the past several years, he has taught a portion of a course on long-term borrowing at the annual school of the Massachusetts Collectors and Treasurers Association. Eisenthal's clients range from small towns to major urban communities in Massachusetts and surrounding states. In his nineteen years in the field, he has developed a reputation as a creative and innovative professional.

Before working as a public finance advisor, Eisenthal worked as an analyst with the Division of Local Services of the Massachusetts Department of Revenue. In this role, he provided technical assistance to Massachusetts communities on financial issues.

He is currently a member of the Board of Selectmen in the Town of West Brookfield, Massachusetts. Previously, he was elected to the Sharon (Massachusetts) School Committee in April 1984 at the age of 22 - one of the youngest elected officials in that town's history. He has also served on the boards of three non-profit organizations.

While his professional career has focused on local government finance, he has also had a continuing interest in national and international affairs. His interest in the latter has been stoked by travels (including to South America and Europe), a college internship that concentrated on foreign policy (with Americans for Democratic Action), and an engagement several years ago with the Office of Technical Assistance of the Office of International Affairs of the United States Department of the Treasury.

He has a long-standing passion for music, particularly classical and jazz - aided by his perfect pitch. The only instrument he plays these days, however, is the CD player. He has an even longer-standing interest in politics, having participated in political campaigns as early as the 1972 presidential election.

He is a graduate of Clark University in Worcester, Massachusetts, and the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University.

Interests

politics, history, government, music, culture (high and pop), reading, walking