David Schaefer joined the Latin American Association in 2014. Prior to coming to the LAA, Schaefer worked at the University of North Carolina-Greensboro for six years as a grant writer, editor and associate chief of staff, where he focused on policy and co-founded ALIANZA, a university alliance of Latino students, faculty and staff. During his career, Schaefer has been a college instructor, paralegal and immigration attorney and helped found a church ministry serving African and Middle Eastern refugees.

Schaefer earned his law degree and a master of arts in political science from the University of Georgia. He is a member of the American Immigration Lawyers Association, serves as legislative chair for the Coalition of Refugee Service Agencies (Atlanta) and is licensed to practice law in Georgia and North Carolina.

Born in Atlanta, Schaefer was raised in middle Georgia in a German-Argentine-American family, and his wife is from Venezuela. They live in Atlanta with their son.