David Royal is currently the Chief Investment Officer and is actively involved in both the asset management business as well as all mutual fund activity at Thrivent Financial, including serving as president for a $55 billion mutual fund complex. Organized as a fraternal benefit society, Thrivent Financial is a Fortune 500 financial services company that offers insurance and investment products and currently has assets under management of over $136 billion (as of 12/13/18).

Previously, he was employed at Kirkland & Ellis LLP in Chicago as a Partner in the investment management group from April 2004 to June 2006. Prior to that, he was an Attorney at Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP from 1997 to 2004.

David teaches Investment Management Law as an adjunct professor at the University of Minnesota's Law School.

David earned a B.A. from Yale College and a J.D. from Yale Law School.