Andy’s bio

Andy Feldman’s professional focus is public management (helping public agencies strengthen their results through performance management, evidence/evaluation, data and innovation) and social policy, especially evidence-based approaches to expanding opportunity and fighting poverty.

He is currently the Special Advisor for Evidence-Based Policy 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 (OMB) from 2012-14. 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; 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, 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) 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 combined with data on 14,000 participants, with random assignment of participants to programs within boroughs.

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