About Andy

Andy Feldman is the Special Advisor for Evidence-Based Policy in the Office of the Deputy Secretary at the U.S. Department of Education (ED). In that role, he helps ED programs build and use evidence about what works. He also leads the Innovation Exchange series of workshops for federal employees across the U.S. government, including 2015 workshops on performance management; using behavioral insights; strengthening a culture of learning and results; and using innovative, outcome-focused grant designs.

He is on detail from the Evidence Team at the White House Office of Management and Budget, where he has served since 2012. He received a special achievement award in 2014 from OMB for his work with agencies to strengthen their use of evidence and innovation.

As a personal project, he also hosts the Gov Innovator podcast.

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; a 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) 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 has an undergraduate degree in economics from Swarthmore College, a masters degree in public policy from the Harvard Kennedy School, and a doctoral degree in public policy from Harvard University.

Andy is a fan of cooking, travel, jogging and the Green Bay Packers.