Andy’s bio

Andy FeldmanAndrew R. Feldman (Andy) has a professional focus on public management (strengthening public sector results through performance management, evidence/evaluation and innovation) and social policy (particularly evidence-based approaches to expanding opportunity and fighting poverty).

He is currently a special advisor on the Evidence Team at the White House Office of Management and Budget (OMB), where he helps agencies better achieve their missions through strategies to build and use evidence about what works. 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; 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.

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. 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 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.