David Bearden brings an entrepreneurial background to his role, having successfully run several of his own companies. Most recently, he ran his own business selling guest-facing digital products to the Hawai‘i hospitality industry. Bearden has also published a TravelHost magazine, owned Hawaiian Cheesecakes, and served as a financial advisor at Morgan Stanley. Bearden is a graduate of the University of California, Davis with a degree in international relations and global economics. He also studied Mandarin at Taiwan Normal University in Taipei. He has been a listener of public radio (both KQED and HPR) for over 20 years.