Andy’s bio

Andy Feldman’s professional focus is on public management and leadership (improving the
performance of public agencies through performance management, evidence/evaluation, data and innovation) as well as social policy, particularly evidence-based approaches to expanding opportunity and fighting poverty.

He is currently the Special Advisor for Evidence-Based Policy and Programs at the U.S. Department of Education. He previously served as a special advisor on the Evidence Team at the White House Office of Management and Budget (OMB) from 2012-14 . He won a Special Achievement Award from OMB in 2014 for this 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; 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.

A native of Milwaukee, Wisconsin, he earned a B.A. in economics from Swarthmore College, an M.P.P. from the Harvard Kennedy School, and a Ph.D. in public policy from Harvard University.

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 in New York City are better than others at helping people become and stay employed. It uses qualitative research on programs combined with administrative data on 14,000 participants, with random assignment of participants to programs within boroughs.

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