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Results for America will improve outcomes for young people, their families and communities by helping drive government resources toward solutions that are using data and evidence to demonstrate results. In a climate of constrained resources and mounting demands, we know that public funds must increasingly be invested in “what works.”

While much of the current public debate has focused on whether our nation should spend more or fewer resources, it is also critical to identify how to get better results from existing resources. Results for America wants to make “investing in what works” the new norm for allocating taxpayer dollars.

During the last several years, governments at all levels have taken critical first steps to use data and evidence of impact to inform and guide how taxpayer dollars are allocated. Already, there are leaders—in the White House, the Office of Management and Budget (OMB), across federal agencies, in cities as diverse as Tulsa and New York City, within philanthropy, nonprofits, and the field of evaluation and research—who recognize that it is important to use data and evidence to drive more public resources to social programs that deliver better results.

Despite examples of recent progress, however, there is still a long way to go. Results for America is leading an effort, with key partners, to make a powerful case that public resources need to be directed away from the uncertain and unproven to what works.

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The Results for America Team

Michele Jolin

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Email: michele@results4america.org

Location: Washington DC

Michele Jolin is the CEO and Co-Founder for Results for America. Michele also is a Senior Fellow at the Center for American Progress.   Michele was appointed in 2010 to be a Member of President Barack Obama’s White House Council for Community Solutions. Michele served as a Senior Advisor for Social Innovation at the White House under President Obama, where she designed and launched the first Social Innovation Fund. Prior to that she was a member of President Obama’s Presidential Transition Team, where she helped create the White House Office of Social Innovation and Civic Participation and the new Obama Administration’s social innovation policy agenda. Before joining the White House, Michele led the Presidential Transition Project at the Center for American Progress and co-edited the book Change for America: A Progressive Blueprint for the 44th President.  Michele also was a senior vice president at Ashoka, a global foundation that invests in social entrepreneurs in more than 50 countries around the world. In the Clinton Administration, Michele served as the Chief of Staff for President Clinton’s Council of Economic Advisers for CEA Chairs Joseph Stiglitz and Janet Yellen. She also worked for Sen. Barbara Boxer (D-CA) on the Senate Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs Committee. Michele has a BA from University of Wisconsin, an MSc from the London School of Economics and a JD from the University of Virginia.   She lives in Washington, DC with her husband and their 3 children.

David Medina

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Email: david@results4america.org

Location: Washington DC

David Medina currently serves as a Partner at Results for America/America Achieves, working to develop recommendations and bipartisan support for investing public funds in evidence-based solutions that can be taken to large scale. David previously served in the Obama Administration as First Lady Michelle Obama’s deputy chief of staff and as the Peace Corps’ public engagement director. Throughout his career, David has also served as the U.S. Global Leadership Campaign’s government relations director, U.S. Senator John Edwards’ national political director, the 2004 Democratic National Convention Committee’s deputy CEO, an AFL-CIO legislative representative, the Democratic National Committee’s policy director, and U.S. Senator Carol Moseley-Braun’s legislative assistant. David has served on the University of Chicago’s Alumni Visiting Committee and the Human Rights Campaign, Millennium March on Washington, and Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute national boards of directors. David received his B.A. from the University of Chicago and his M.P.P. from Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government.

Karen Anderson

Karen AndersonSenior Advisor

Email: karen@results4america.org

Karen Anderson is Senior Advisor with Results for America. She previously served as Managing Director of The Hamilton Project, an economic policy initiative at the Brookings Institution. Anderson took a leave from The Hamilton Project in 2009 to serve as Chief of Staff for the President’s Council of Economic Advisers, returning to The Hamilton Project in the spring of 2010. Prior to that she served as a Vice President of State and Local Government Relations for Citigroup in Washington, DC and as Senior Policy Advisor for the law firm of McKenna Long & Aldridge. During the Clinton Administration, Anderson served as a Regional Coordinator in the White House Office of Political Affairs, where she helped organize political outreach for a 19-state region. Prior to that, she served as Political Director for the Democratic Party of Georgia. Anderson currently serves on the Advisory Council for The Hamilton Project and as a member of the Board of Visitors for the University of Georgia. She holds a Master’s Degree in Public Policy from Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government, and a B.A. in Economics from Agnes Scott College. She lives in Bethesda, Maryland with her husband and her two sons.

Lina Garcia

Vice President, External Affairs

Email: lina@results4america.org

Lina currently serves as a Vice President for External Affairs at America Achieves, leading the development and implementation of Results for America’s (RFA) overall communications and external affairs work. Lina previously worked at The U.S. Conference of Mayors as Director of International Affairs and as Media Strategist. Throughout her career, she has also served as Media Director at the U.S. Department of Labor, as Press Secretary at the 2004 Democratic National Convention, and as Deputy Press Secretary at the Democratic National Committee. She also worked at Americans for the Arts, implementing their arts education campaign “Art. Ask for More.”, and while at Fleishman-Hillard Communications in San Francisco, she served as Account Manager. She also worked as Press Secretary for U.S. Representative Silvestre Reyes (TX).  Ms. Garcia holds a B.A. in International Studies from George Washington University at Mount Vernon in Washington, DC.

Maia Jachimowicz

Maia3845-2Vice President, Evidence-Based Policy Implementation

Email: maia@results4america.org

Maia Jachimowicz is the Vice President for Evidence-Based Policy Implementation for Results for America.  Maia previously served as Director of Policy in the Office of the Mayor for the City of Philadelphia, where she directed the research, design and execution of public policy across a range of issues including workforce development, violence prevention and impact investing. Maia’s experience with the City of Philadelphia spanned nearly eight years, during which she also served as Assistant Finance Director and Assistant Budget Director for the Office of Budget and Program Evaluation. Prior to that, she served as a researcher in education policy at Princeton University and in immigration policy at the Migration Policy Institute.

Maia earned her Bachelor of Arts at the University of Pennsylvania and her Master in Public Affairs at the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs at Princeton University.

Jeremy Ayers

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Email: jeremy@results4america.org

Jeremy is the Director of Policy at Results for America/ America Achieves. He previously served as Education Policy Advisor for the U.S. House Committee on Education & the Workforce. In this role he provided legislative and policy support on K-12 issues including accountability, assessment, school improvement, education research, and oversight of ESEA waivers. Prior to joining the Committee Jeremy was Associate Director of Federal Education Programs at the Center for American Progress, a classroom teacher in Florida, and a policy analyst for the Alliance for Excellent Education, a national high school reform organization. He got his start in education working for the Family Resource Center, a small nonprofit serving rural North Carolina children and families. Jeremy holds a master’s degree from Duke University and a bachelor’s degree from McMurry University in his home state of Texas.

Nichole Dunn

Nichole DunnVice President, Innovation and Community Impact

Email: nichole@results4america.org

Nichole brings 20+ years of public and nonprofit executive leadership, data-driven performance management, and public policy innovation experience to Results for America. Prior to joining Results for America, she served as Deputy Mayor and Chief Administrative Officer to Salt Lake County Mayor Ben McAdams from 2013-15. In addition to overseeing the day-to day operations, she established an impressive track record of increasing accountability through performance management and improving outcomes by diligently executing strategic initiatives (e.g., Pay for Success, criminal justice reform, collective impact projects, data-driven decision making). Nichole uniquely served as Deputy Mayor for two separate administrations, appointed first by Mayor Peter Corroon from 2009-13.  Prior to this position, she served as Salt Lake County’s Director of Government Relations from 2005-09. Earlier roles in her career focused on health care policy, including positions with the Utah Department of Health, Department of Medicaid and the Association for Utah Community Health. Nichole was a fellow in the inaugural cohort of the Results for America Local Government Fellowship.

Nichole earned her Master’s in Public Administration from the University of Utah, where she also received her B.S. in Behavioral Science and Health.  She holds an Executive Certificate in Driving Government Performance from the Kennedy School of Government.

Sara Kerr

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Executive Director – Evidence in Education Lab

Email: sara@results4america.org

Sara is the Executive Director of Results for America’s Evidence in Education Lab. Sara previously served as a Senior Advisor on Leadership and Systems Improvement at Education Northwest, and before that, was a Senior Engagement Manager with the nonprofit U.S. Education Delivery Institute, where she oversaw a portfolio of engagements with states, districts, and education organizations focused on effectively implementing priority reforms, including those focused on educator effectiveness systems and new standards and assessments. Before joining EDI, Sara served as the Chief Performance Officer with the Delaware Department of Education (DDOE), where she oversaw the implementation of Delaware’s $119 million Race to the Top grant. Sara managed the Department’s internal performance management system, tracking and reporting progress towards statewide student outcome goals; she also led the district support and accountability program, through which the Department conducted ongoing and differentiated district routines focused on results for students.
Previously, Sara worked as a Policy Analyst at the Council of the District of Columbia, providing education policy expertise to Council members and serving as the liaison between the Council and executive agencies, such as the Office of the State Superintendent of Education and District of Columbia Public Schools. Prior to that, she worked with the District of Columbia Public Schools to implement its special education reform agenda and evaluated a number of state and federally funded education programs as a research associate with the American Institutes for Research (AIR).  She got her start in education as a special education teacher in Montgomery County, Maryland. Sara holds a Master’s in Public Policy from Johns Hopkins University and a Bachelor’s from Franklin and Marshall College.

Josh Inaba

Josh InabaPolicy Assistant

Email: josh@results4america.org

Joshua Inaba joins Results for America as a Policy Assistant. Born and raised in Kamuela, Hawaii, Josh attended Skidmore College in Saratoga Springs, New York majoring in Environmental Studies. While studying abroad in Copenhagen, Denmark, he developed a passion for urban and city planning. After college, Josh moved to Washington, DC and was a Legislative Intern for the office of U.S. Senator Brian Schatz. Previously he was a Conservation Policy Intern at The Nature Conservancy of Hawaii working with local coastal communities on marine resource management. Throughout his undergraduate studies, Josh assisted professors with Environmental Studies publications on a diversity of topics ranging from the implementation of city urban forestry programs, to a comparative analysis of agricultural biotechnology policies in India and Turkey to the effectiveness of sustainability pedagogies in study abroad programs. When home in Hawaii, Josh enjoys stand-up paddleboarding, kayaking, and snorkeling. He believes that effective data-driven programs can deliver positive policy changes for communities.

Miles Bullock

Policy Assistant

Email: miles@results4america.org

Miles Bullock joins the Results for America team as a Policy Assistant.  Originally from Southern California, Miles recently moved to Washington, DC and was a legislative intern for the office of Senator Dianne Feinstein.  His passion for U.S. policy developed when he interned with the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Western Hemisphere Affairs in Washington, DC.  Shortly after, Miles served as an intern at the U.S. Embassy in Brasilia, Brazil, where he researched Brazilian politics and human rights issues, ranging from labor rights to juvenile justice.  Upon returning to his studies, Miles interned at the Colorado State Legislature, where he focused on public health and transportation issues.  Miles holds a B.A. in Foreign Languages from the University of New Mexico and received his M.A. in International and Intercultural Communication from the University of Denver.


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