David M. Israelite is President and CEO of the National Music Publishers’ Association (NMPA), a position he has held since February 2005.
Israelite is responsible for overseeing all aspects of the NMPA’s operations, from legal strategy and implementation to government affairs and advocacy. His tenure to date has produced landmark legal successes on behalf of publishers, groundbreaking industry collaboration in royalty rate agreements and raised the profile of the publishing community within the music industry. He has been named to Billboard’s Power 100 multiple times and serves on several boards including the Songwriters Hall of Fame and Special Olympics DC.
Prior to leading NMPA, Israelite held senior positions in various capacities for the U.S. government including at the Department of Justice where he was appointed Chairman of the Department’s Task Force on Intellectual Property and in the U.S. Senate where he was chief of staff for Missouri Senator Kit Bond. Israelite earned his Juris Doctor from the University of Missouri and his undergraduate degree from William Jewell College.