David H. Naus


Bicentennial Medal (2019)


David H. Naus received a B.A. in Psychology and Economics from Indiana University and an MBA in Business Administration from Harvard University. His relationship with Indiana University has been longstanding. In 2018, the university received a $1.5 million gift from Naus to establish the Naus Family Chair in Psychological and Brain Sciences, an endowed chair for a researcher in the field of substance use disorder and addiction. The gift significantly enhances IU's own efforts to address the addictions crisis: a $50 million commitment to the Grand Challenge initiative "Responding to the Addiction Crisis." In partnership with the state of Indiana, the program applies the resources of the university on a grand scale to reduce, prevent and treat addictions.

Naus is currently a partner at First Capital Ventures, LLC, and founder and managing partner at Equity West Investment Partners, LLC. Previous leadership roles include serving as executive vice president of real estate investments at Equity Office Properties Trust, and vice president, senior vice president, and executive vice president at Equity Office Properties. Prior to that, Naus had a fourteen-year career working for Sam Zell at Equity Office, and he spent seven years in Denver with the Frederick Ross Company.

Naus is a member of the Urban Land Institute, the University of Colorado Real Estate Council, NAIOP and formerly, the Real Estate Investment Advisory Council, Leadership Denver and the Denver Sports Commission. He currently serves on the Board of Directors of the Denver Rescue Mission and Garb, Inc. Naus was recognized by IU's Department of Psychological and Brain Sciences at its annual alumni celebration with its Distinguished Alumni Award. In 2019, Naus was awarded IU's Bicentennial Medal in recognition of his distinguished contributions and longstanding support of the university.