About Andy

Andrew Feldman (Andy) is a Visiting Fellow at the Center for Children and Families at the Brookings Institution. As a personal project, he also hosts the Gov Innovator podcast.

He previously served in the U.S. Department of Education as the Special Advisor for Evidence-Based Policy within the Office of the Deputy Secretary. In that role, he also created and led the Innovation Exchange series of workshops for federal employees.

From 2012 to 2014, he served as a Special Advisor on the Evidence Team at the White House Office of Management & Budget (OMB). He received a special achievement award from OMB for his work with agencies to strengthen their use of evidence and innovation.

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; Staff Economist at the White House Council of Economic Advisors in the Clinton Administration; and Special Assistant to the President at MDRC.

Andy enjoys teaching when he can. Most recently, in 2012, he taught the advanced public management course at UW-Madison’s La Follette School of Public Affairs.

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.