Applying "Moneyball for Government" Strategies to Produce Results That Work

Applying "Moneyball for Government" Strategies to Produce Results That Work


Tuesday, September 22, 2015 - 3:00pm


Room 282

Join a panel discussion with Results for America Senior Fellow Jim Shelton, former deputy secretary for the U.S. Department of Education under President Obama; Ron Haskins, former senior advisor on welfare policy to President Bush;  Michele Jolin, CEO and co-founder of Results for America; and John Bohenko, city manager of Portsmouth, New Hampshire. The panelists will share their candid thoughts on opportunities to apply Moneyball principles to the social sector. Their bi-partisan approach is important for policy makers and stakeholders from both sides of the aisle, and from all levels of government.

Cosponsored by the Carsey School of Public Policy and the Warren B. Rudman Center for Justice, Leadership & Public Policy, and Results for America. The event is at 3 p.m.

A bipartisan group of current and former federal government leaders and advisors recently published a best-selling book, Moneyball for Government, based on an initiative of Results for America that encourages government to change how it works so that data, evidence, and evaluation drive policy and funding decisions. The book draws from the wisdom of Billy Beane, general manager of the Oakland A’s, who transformed baseball by ignoring the scouts and using data to build championship contending teams despite limited budgets. Moneyball for Government also features profiles of innovative government and nonprofit leaders and organizations across the country, that are successfully leveraging data, evidence, and evaluation to get better results.

Join the Carsey School of Public Policy, the Warren B. Rudman Center for Justice, Leadership & Public Policy, and Results for America for a panel discussion examining how policy makers can rethink strategies for improving the quality of social services through innovative, data-driven strategies.


Jim Shelton
Former deputy secretary and chief operating officer, U.S. Department of Education (Obama Administration)

Jim Shelton is the former deputy secretary and chief operating officer of the US Department of Education. In this role, Shelton led a range of management, policy, and program functions in support of educational access and excellence.

He has focused most of his career on accelerating and scaling innovation, most recently in the public and social sectors. While in government, he served as the executive director of the president’s My Brother’s Keeper initiative and served on and led multiple interagency efforts focused on poverty reduction, economic development, entrepreneurship, and increased opportunity, including the National Science and Technology Council. Shelton began his career developing computer systems and later served as a management consultant with McKinsey & Company. After McKinsey, he joined Knowledge Universe Inc. where he invested in and operated a range of education-related businesses until he cofounded LearnNow, a company dedicated to providing high quality schools in low-income communities. Shelton was also a partner at NewSchools Venture Fund and then the program director for education at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, where he managed investments, such as Small Schools of Choice, which targeted increased high-school and college graduation rates. He has chaired numerous nonprofit boards and led domestic and international social-sector initiatives ranging from economic development to voter education in emerging democracies. Shelton holds a bachelor’s degree in computer science from Morehouse College as well as master’s degrees in business administration and education from Stanford GSB and GSE. He currently resides in his hometown, Washington, D.C., with his wife Sonia and their two sons.

Ron Haskins
Former senior advisor on welfare policy to President G.W. Bush

Ron Haskins is a Senior Fellow and holds the Cabot Family Chair in Economic Studies at the Brookings Institution, where he co-directs the Center on Children and Families and the Budgeting for National Priorities Project. 

He is also a senior consultant at the Annie E. Casey Foundation and is President-elect of the Association for Public Policy Analysis and Management. He is the author of Show Me the Evidence: Obama’s Fight for Rigor and Evidence in Social Policy (Brookings, 2014) and Work Over Welfare: The Inside Story of the 1996 Welfare Reform Law (Brookings, 2006); co-author of Creating an Opportunity Society (Brookings, 2009) and Getting Ahead or Losing Ground: Economic Mobility in America (Pew Charitable Trusts and Brookings, 2008); and senior editor of The Future of Children. In 2002, he was the Senior Advisor to the President for Welfare Policy at the White House. Prior to joining Brookings and Casey, he spent 14 years on the staff of the House Ways and Means Human Resources Subcommittee, serving as the subcommittee’s Staff Director after Republicans became the majority party in the House after the 1994 elections. He was editor of 1996, 1998, and 2000 editions of the House Ways and Means Green Book, a 1600 page compendium that describes and analyzes federal social programs. In 1997, Haskins was selected by the National Journal as one of the 100 most influential people in the federal government. From 1981-1985, he was a senior researcher at the Frank Porter Graham Child Development Center at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill. He holds a Bachelor’s degree in History, a Master of Arts in Teaching, and a Ph.D. in Developmental Psychology from UNC. In his Washington career, he has focused on evidence-based policy, early childhood education, marriage and family formation, poverty, equal opportunity, abused and neglected children, and budget issues. Haskins lives with his wife in Rockville, Maryland and has four grown children and two grandchildren.

Michele Jolin (moderator)
CEO and Co-Founder for Results for America

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 bookChange 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.

John Bohenko
City Manager of Portsmouth New Hampshire

John P. Bohenko is currently serving his eighteenth year as City Manager of Portsmouth, NH.

Having over 36 years of experience in municipal government, John has dedicated his life to excellence in public service.

John earned his Bachelor’s of Science degree in Public Administration from Bentley University and a Master’s Degree in Business Administration from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. He continues his education through programming within the International City/County Management Association (ICMA).

Along with the City of Portsmouth, he has served as Chief Executive Officer and Chief Administrative Officer of two other New England municipalities including Plainville, CT and North Andover, MA where he was able to successfully keep the tax rate low while also providing quality services.

John has led an accomplished tenure in Portsmouth, where his fiscal policies and management of funds led to successive increases in the City’s bond rating and ultimately a AAA rating from the Standard & Poor’s rating agency.  He has also overseen the development of the City as it has become a tourist destination, historical hotspot and cultural hub both statewide and nationwide.  In addition, John serves on the Board of Directors for the Pease Development Authority and many other professional associations.

Most recently, John gave back to his profession, through his service on the ICMA Board of Directors as Vice President of the Northeast Region.  As Vice President, John played a leading role in the Life Well Run campaign, a program that encourages public awareness of the pivotal role municipal managers’ play in building successful communities.

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