About Andy

Andy Feldman’s focus is on helping public agencies strengthen their results through evidence-based policy, innovation, performance management, data and results-focused leadership. His policy focus is on 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. This podcast, however, is not connected to his day job.

He previously served as a special advisor on the Evidence Team at the White House Office of Management and Budget. He won a special achievement award from OMB in 2014 for that work.

Andy’s 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.

He 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.

Andy holds a B.A. in economics from Swarthmore College (1996) and an M.P.P. (2003) and Ph.D. in Public Policy (2007) from Harvard University.

A native of Milwaukee, Wisconsin, he now lives in Washington D.C. He is a fan of cooking, travel, jogging, reading, PBS/NPR and the Green Bay Packers.