Dr. David E. McClean
Founder, President and
Papillon 2030 Public Benefit Corporation

Dr. David E. McClean is a veteran of the financial services industry, with over 35 years of experience. During his long career he worked for such firms as E.F. Hutton, Kidder Peabody & Co., and Van Eck Global (among others). In 1992 he founded and still runs The DMA Consulting Group, which consults to banks, brokerage firms, private equity funds,  hedge funds, and investment advisers on regulation and risk.

Concurrently, Dr. McClean pursued his interests in both philosophy and religion. He earned a BA in Comparative Religion from Hunter College, CUNY (1986), an MA in Liberal Studies from New York University (1996), an MA in Philosophy from The New School for Social Research (2003), and a Doctor of Philosophy in Philosophy from the New School for Social Research (2009). He has been teaching at Rutgers University (Newark) and Molloy College (Rockville Centre, New York) since 2005. 

In 2008, after a course of study for interfaith ministry at The New Seminary (New York), Dr. McClean  was ordained to ministry at the Cathedral of St. John the Divine, in Manhattan.

He has served on a number of boards and as an officer or director of many client businesses. From 1989 to 1994, Dr. McClean was Director and/or President of Rochdale Village (Queens, New York), the second largest housing cooperative in the world. He was President of the Jamaica Center for Arts & Learning (Queens, New York) from 1991 to 1997. From 2002 through 2009, he served on the Board of Directors of ERASE Racism (Syosset, New York), a not-for-profit organization dedicated to ending racial inequities across Long Island, especially in housing and education. 

Currently, Dr. McClean is a member of the Board of Governors of The New School for Social Research (New York), originally appointed in 2012.

Dr. McClean has given lectures in both the United States and Europe on a range of topics, including political philosophy, race theory, business ethics, and social movements.

In addition to articles, book reviews and op-ed pieces, he is the author of two books: Richard Rorty, Liberalism and Cosmopolitanism (Pickering & Chatto/Routledge, 2014) and Wall Street, Reforming the Unreformable: An Ethical Perspective (by the same publisher, 2015).

He is married to Renee M. McClean (an eductor) for 31 years. They have two sons: Alexander Julian, and Nicholas Anthony.