About David Kessler

About David Kessler

David Kessler is General Manager of Improbable Research, Inc. and is the Co-Producer and Stage Manager of the annual Ig Nobel Prize Ceremony.

David Kessler
David Kessler (photo by Cheryl Richards)

David organizes and manages projects, programs, and events for organizations in a variety of fields.  He specializes in analyzing complex systems of people, data, and equipment, then making them intelligible and usable.  He has a knack for finding odd skills and stories - something that gives him great joy and part of how he approaches complexity: Look at a situation from multiple perspectives so you can simultaneously see both forest and trees... So you can see how a perfect idea can meet a bumpy reality, and adjust.

He likes making things work.

David has been Stage Manager for King Richard's Renaissance Faire (managing actors, stages, props, weapons, and black powder); Program Coordinator for the MIT Sloan Student Affairs Office and MBA Program (teaching 800 MBA students how to put on major academic conferences); A Communications Manager for Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts (for their WellChild Foundation); Special Projects Manager for First Night International; Executive Administrator and Media Liaison of the Center for Millennial Studies at Boston University (CMS); as well as a Calligrapher, a Tai Chi Teacher, a Free-Lance Writer and Editor, an Event Planner, a Whisky Educator, and Sea Chantey Singer.

He is the creator and author of The Child Book of Etiquette and of articles and essays on everything from Millennialism to Tall Ship Sailing to his adventures hiking around Scotland, France, Jordan, Fredonia, and Arlington, MA.

He Studied Philosophy and Medieval Studies at Boston University, and currently lives in Seattle.


David Kessler, General Manager
Seattle, WA
Email: david AT improbable.com