Andy Feldman’s professional focus is on public management (helping agencies strengthen their results through evidence, innovation, data and strategic management) and anti-poverty policy, particularly evidence-based approaches to reducing poverty and expanding opportunity.
He is currently the special advisor for evidence-based policy in the Office of the Deputy Secretary at the U.S. Department of Education. In that role, he helps the Department build and use evidence (rigorous research) about what works in order to improve outcomes for students. This podcast, however, is not connected to his day job.
Andy previously served as a special advisor on the Evidence Team at the White House Office of Management and Budget from 2012 to 2014. He won a special achievement award from OMB in 2014 for that work.
His previous roles include being one of the top three appointed leaders at Wisconsin’s labor department, an agency of 1,600, under Governor Jim Doyle; senior policy advisor in the Office of Governor Doyle; special assistant to the Secretary of Administration and Finance in Massachusetts; staff economist at the White House Council of Economic Advisors in the Clinton Administration; and special assistant to the president at MDRC, the social policy research organization.
Andy enjoys teaching when he can. Most recently, while working in Madison, he taught the advanced public management course at UW-Madison’s La Follette School of Public Affairs in 2012.
His book What Works in Work-First Welfare (Upjohn Institute Press, 2011) examines why some welfare-to-work programs are better than others at helping people become and stay employed. It uses qualitative field research combined with data on 14,000 participants in New York City, with random assignment of participants to programs within boroughs.
A native of Milwaukee, Wisconsin, Andy holds a BA in economics from Swarthmore College and an MPP and PhD in Public Policy from Harvard University.