David E. Thigpen is a writer and researcher who is currently a fellow at the Institute for the Future in Palo Alto, California. Previously, David was a staff correspondent at Time Magazine based in New York City and Chicago. He also served on Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s 2011 Mayoral Transition team. His writings have appeared in the New York Times, Rolling Stone and the Chicago Tribune Literary Review. David holds an A.B. from Brown University and an M.S. from Columbia University.