David Trickett is founder and president at the Jefferson Circle. A native of the Deep South in the United States, David began his higher education at Emory University. There, he became a student volunteer with the Southern Christian Leadership Conference, and one of his most heart-searing experiences was helping in a very small way to facilitate some of the functions marking the funeral of Martin Luther King, Jr. This contributed to his vocational refocus away from physics to theology.  Trickett also served as a US National Park Ranger (law enforcement) in Yellowstone National Park and as a junior customer service manager at Neiman-Marcus in Dallas.

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