APR, Allison + Partners
David Dunnigan is a 40-year veteran of the communications field, having served as a staff reporter for the Dallas Morning News, and a public relations/public affairs executive in corporations, government and agencies. He is currently Senior Counsel with The Harrell Group, a public affairs and public relations firm.
Additionally, he has served as executive director of several associations and recently retired as executive director of the Greater Dallas Planning Council after more than 25 years. He currently serves as executive director of the Independent Contractor Coalition.
During his career he has worked with such institutions as Southwest Airlines, Blockbuster Video, DFW International Airport, Texas High Speed Rail, American Electric Power, Atmos Energy, DISD, Cap Gemini Ernest & Young, Eli Lilly, Ringling Bros., Rockettes, Seigfried & Roy, Grapevine Mills, NorthPark, Bank of America, Sheraton Hotels, Dr Pepper, Coca-Cola, Nucor Steel, Dallas Synmphony Orchestra, Mary Kay, 3M, and many others.
Dunnigan has been active in community affairs, is a past president of several organizations including Dallas Rotary Club, Dallas Business League, Dallas 40, Dallas Community Television and currently serves on the boards of Central Dallas Community Development Corporation, Dallas Press Club, Greater Dallas Planning Council and Perkins School of Theology. He’s previously served on the boards of the Better Business Bureau, Dallas Advertising League, Dallas Zoological Society, YMCAs of Dallas, Leadership Dallas Alumni Association, Greater Dallas Community of Churches, Friends of the Dallas Public Library, Historic Preservation League, Keep Dallas Beautiful, Volunteer Center, Transportation Task Force, City of Dallas Transportation Committee, United Way Training Center, March of Dimes and others. He has served in several capacities at Kessler Park United Methodist Church and has sung in its choir for many years.
Dunnigan, a journalism graduate of the University of North Texas, has been active in the professional field serving as president of the North Texas Chapter and the Southwest District of the Public Relations Society of America, and president of the Dallas Chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists and Dallas Press Club. He has been accredited by PRSA, is a member of its Counselors Academy and was elected to its College of Fellows. He is a former adjunct professor at SMU where he taught PR management.
Dunnigan is a U.S. Army veteran and is married to Carolyn, a former Dallas News writer and editor. The couple has two grown sons and four grandchildren.