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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
CEO and Co-Founder
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.
COO and Co-Founder
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.
Shivam Mallick Shah
Shivam is a Senior Advisor at Results for America/America Achieves. Shivam previously worked at the US Department of Education’s Office of Innovation & Improvement as Director of Special Initiatives. In this role, she led the development and implementation of the inaugural Investing in Innovation (i3) Fund—a $650 million competitive grant program—and the Promise Neighborhoods program. Prior to serving in the Obama administration, Shivam spent over five years on the Education team at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. As a Deputy Director in the US Program, she focused on managing the Foundation’s education investments and grantmaking activities in the northeastern United States, with the goal of helping every child graduate from high school ready for college, work, and citizenship. Her efforts leading the New York City schools $150 million investment portfolio—where graduation rates in foundation-funded schools have more than doubled in five years to more than 70 percent in schools that serve largely low income and minority students—have become a national example that success is possible. Prior to joining the Gates Foundation, Shivam was an Associate Partner at NewSchools Venture Fund, a management consultant at McKinsey & Company, as well as an investment banking analyst at Bear, Stearns. She is a co-founder of the EL Haynes Public Charter School in Washington, DC. Shivam is a graduate of Georgetown University, the London School of Economics, and Harvard Business School. She lives in Washington DC with her husband, Dr. Raj Shah, and their three young children.
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.
Vice President, External Affairs
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.
Vice President, Policy
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.
Alexandra Uriarte is working as a Policy Assistant at Results for America/ America Achieves, supporting the organization’s work to develop recommendations and bipartisan support for investing public funds in evidence-based solutions. Alexandra Uriarte was born and raised in Miami, Florida, and attended Florida International University, receiving a B.A. in International Relations. Alexandra has a deep interest in youth and minority outreach. Prior to joining America Achieves, Alexandra was an intern in the Office of Federal Relations for Florida International University and completed a public policy fellowship at Cavarocchi Ruscio Dennis Associates LLC in Washington DC. Over the last few years, she has won national collegiate awards through Model United Nations, has served the Miami-Dade Red Cross on the Disaster Action Team, and the International Rescue Committee where she was a Case Manager Assistant to newly-arrived refugees in Miami. Alexandra assisted on the Joe Garcia for Congress campaign in 2008 and, later, interned in Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen’s office in Washington, DC. She continues to maintain and develop working professional relationships on both sides of the political aisle. Alexandra speaks Spanish and French, and is an avid culinary experimentalist.
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.Tags: Results for America, RFA