Rev. Dr. David Vásquez-Levy serves as President of Pacific School of Religion in Berkeley, CA – a progressive, multidenominational seminary and center for social justice that prepares theologically and spiritually rooted leaders to work for the well-being of all. An accomplished administrator, a nationally recognized immigration leader and a sought-after speaker, Vásquez-Levy leads at the intersection of faith, higher education and social change.
Vásquez-Levy is the author of various publications that explore migration stories in sacred texts and in people’s lives. He has lived in four countries and taught courses and led international study and service trips across the globe. His international experience has also included refugee resettlement work in Canada and studies at the Ludwig Maximilians University in Munich, Germany. He brings nearly two decades of experience in higher education leadership, including co-leading the Office for College Ministries at Luther College in Decorah, IA.
Following the devastating May 12, 2008, immigration raid in Postville, IA— then, the largest single-site immigration raid in U.S. history—Vásquez-Levy served as part of the Postville Relief Effort core team. His leadership included coordination of resources, humanitarian assistance, legal support, spiritual and mental health counseling, family reunification, advocacy and long-term community re-development. This work led him to serve as a consultant on various documentaries and contribute a faith perspective to the national conversation on immigration—including speaking at a Congressional briefing and participating in two immigration consultations at the White House.
Vásquez-Levy holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Computer Science from Texas Lutheran University and a Master of Divinity and Doctor of Ministry in Preaching degrees from the Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago.