Andy Feldman’s professional focus includes public management and leadership (strengthening results in the public sector through performance management, evidence and evaluation, innovation, and other strategies) as well as social policy (particularly evidence-based approaches to expanding opportunity and fighting poverty). This blog, however, is a personal, after-work/weekend project.
He is currently a special advisor on the Evidence Team at the White House Office of Management and Budget (OMB). His work focuses on helping agencies to better achieve their missions through rigorous evaluation, outcome-focused grant making, rapid experimentation and the use of administrative data. Andy won a Special Achievement Award from OMB for this work in 2014.
A native of Milwaukee, Andy received a B.A. in Economics from Swarthmore College in 1996, an M.P.P. from the Harvard Kennedy School in 2003 and a Ph.D. in Public Policy from Harvard University in 2007.
His previous roles include being one of the top three appointed leaders at Wisconsin’s labor department, an agency of 1,600; a senior policy advisor in the Office of Wisconsin Governor Jim 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. While working in Madison, he taught the advanced public management course at UW-Madison’s La Follette School in 2012. During graduate school, he taught a strategic management course for mid-career students at the Harvard Kennedy School and at the University of Singapore, where he was a visiting lecturer.
His book, What Works in Work-First Welfare (Upjohn Institute Press), examines why some welfare-to-work programs in New York City are better than others at helping people become and stay employed. It uses mixed methods (qualitative research on programs combined with administrative data on 14,000 participants), with random assignment of clients to programs within boroughs.
Andy is a fan of cooking, traveling, jogging and the Green Bay Packers.