David Mixner was born near the town of Elmer in southern New Jersey. His father Ben worked on a corporate farm, and his mother Mary worked shifts at a local glass factory and later took a job as a bookkeeper for the local John Deere dealership.
David attended Daretown Elementary School, then Woodstown High School, where he got involved in the Civil Rights movement, by participating in picketing and sending his own money to Martin Luther King, Jr.
In the fall of 1964, David enrolled at Arizona State University in Tempe, Arizona, where he soon became heavily involved in civil rights and anti-war activism,
David also experienced his first same-sex relationship at ASU, with a man whom he refers to as Kit in his memoirs. A year into their relationship, Kit was killed in an automobile accident. David did not attend the funeral, and Kit’s parents never discovered that their son was gay.
Soon after Kit’s death, David decided to transfer to the University of Maryland in order to be closer to Washington, D.C., where he would be able to get more involved in anti-war protests.
David found himself much more interested in activism than in pursuing a college degree. While at Maryland, David was a grassroots organizer for the 1967 march on the Pentagon, which was later captured in Norman Mailer’s Armies of the Night.
David has been involved in public life, policy, business and a writer for nearly thirty years. He is the author of the critically acclaimed memoir, Stranger Among Friends and the number one bestseller Brave Journeys.
Over the years, Mr. Mixner has worked in over seventy-five campaigns as campaign manager, fund-raiser and strategist. Among those campaigns have been Hart for President, Gephardt for President and McGovern for President.
Gay activist political consultant; co-founder of the Municipal Elections Committee of Los Angeles (MECLA), a group of wealthy gays and lesbians who became influential in local politics; friend and supporter of President Bill Clinton, Mixner served as senior campaign adviser for Bill Clinton's 1992 candidacy for president.
Mr. Mixner is a successful international public affairs/strategic-planning consultant with an expertise in HIV/AIDS. He planned the first joint Russian/American HIV/AIDS conference held in both Washington and Moscow. Mr. Mixner is the former National Co-Chair for the Gay & Lesbian Victory Fund and member of the Democratic Party National Commission on Delegate Selection and Party Reform.