For over 28 years, Dave MacDonald has been a leader in the for-profit and non-profit sectors. He serves as the Agency Principal of G. A. MacDonald Associates, a Fort Wayne-based family owned and operated independent insurance agency he helped to build since 1990. In addition to providing traditional insurance products offered by most insurance agencies, Dave developed specialty life insurance programs for underserved individuals including adults and children with special needs (autism, Asperger’s, Down Syndrome, Cerebral Palsy, Juvenile Diabetes, and HIV/AIDS). Dave achieved his Certified Insurance Counselor (CIC) designation in 1993.
Dave is actively involved in the philanthropic sector. He is the Board President of St. Joseph Missions, an organization providing emergency and transitional shelter for single men and women in Fort Wayne’s homeless community. He serves as Mission Team Coordinator for Catholics on a Mission, a group of over 80 lay Catholic volunteers committed to serving their parishes, their cities and the world through corporal and spiritual works of mercy. Through Catholics on a Mission, Dave oversees program development, fundraising, team formation, and organizes short term mission trips to Costa Rica for lay adults, students and the Franciscan Friars Minor as well as Door to Door Ministry and Homeless Outreach on the streets of Fort Wayne. Dave volunteers weekly for the Franciscan Friars Minor’s Children of Our Lady of the Angels (COLA) program, serving at-risk inner city boys and girls. Dave is also a parishioner at St. John the Baptist Catholic Church in Fort Wayne where he serves on the Parish Pastoral Council, is the Evangelization Committee leader, and volunteers as a lector and greeter.
A Fort Wayne native, Dave graduated from R. Nelson Snider High School in 1985, and received his BA degree in Psychology/Behavioral Sciences from The University of Chicago in 1990. Dave has been married to his wife, Jenn, for over 20 years and is the father of five homeschooled children: Kate, Emma, Andrew, Peter and Will. In addition to spending time with his wife and children, Dave enjoys attending daily Mass, playing tennis with his sons, snorkeling, and visiting Panama City Beach.