David Davighi Bio, Wiki
David Davighi is a former commercial aviator best known for being the husband of Avril Haines, an American lawyer and former government official who served as the White House Deputy National Security Advisor in Barack Obama’s administration. On November 23rd, 2020, President-elect Joe Biden announced his intention to nominate Haines for Director of National Intelligence, which would make her the first woman to hold this position.
How did the Two Meet?
Haines spent the year after high school at an elite judo academy in Japan, earning her brown belt. While pursuing a degree in physics at the University of Chicago, she took time off to study aviation; her flight instructor, David Davighi, would eventually become her husband.
Though Haines and Davighi never made it to Europe, the harrowing experience had sealed their romance. Davighi followed Haines to Chicago for her last year in college, and in 1992 the two settled on moving to Baltimore, where he had found a job as a commercial aviator and she planned to pursue a doctorate in physics at Johns Hopkins. But fate and Haines’s flair for new challenges intervened once again.
She and her husband learned about an old bar in the then-transitional neighborhood of Fells Point, which had been seized in a drug bust and was being auctioned off by the feds (the bar’s upstairs had been a whorehouse). The opportunity stoked another one of Haines’s dreams: ever since she befriended a curmudgeonly bookstore owner in her New York neighborhood, she had wanted to open her own independent bookstore and café.
David Davighi Wedding
Haines began Georgetown Law School in 1998. Befitting the pattern of her peripatetic life, she soon moved in a new direction: she fell in love with international law and human rights. After law school, she clerked for a federal appellate judge and then in 2003 took a job as a lawyer in the State Department legal adviser’s office. (She and David also married that year.) Working in treaty affairs, Haines took an antiquarian’s interest in the history of agreements between nation-states and quickly demonstrated a facility for the intricacies of this area of international law.
Avril Haines Career
Avril Danica Haines s an American lawyer and former government official who served as the White House Deputy National Security Advisor in Barack Obama’s administration. She previously served as Deputy Director of the Central Intelligence Agency, the first woman to hold this position. Prior to her appointment to the CIA, she served as Deputy Counsel to the President for National Security Affairs in the Office of White House Counsel.
Upon graduating from the University of Chicago in 1992, she and Davighi moved to Baltimore where they opened a bookstore/cafe in the transitional Fells Point neighborhood. She became a community activist and president of the local business association, which inspired her to apply to law school. “I realized it was the lawyers who were sitting around the table who understood how to create change,” she said. “Lawyers better understand institutions and how to pull the levers to get things done.”
On November 23, 2020, President-elect Joe Biden announced his intention to nominate Haines to become the Director of National Intelligence under the Biden Administration