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David Anderson

Vice President of Evidence-Based Policy


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Todd Spoth

David leads Arnold Ventures’ strategic investments in rigorous research aimed at growing the body of evidence-based social programs and scaling those shown to produce meaningful improvements in people’s lives. He joined Arnold Ventures after serving for six years as Vice President of the Coalition for Evidence-Based Policy, a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization that worked with federal policy officials to advance important evidence-based reforms, many of which were enacted into law and policy. In this role, he oversaw staff-level evidence reviews conducted for the Coalition’s Top Tier Evidence initiative — a widely cited resource used by policymakers, philanthropic officials, and practitioners to identify social programs shown in rigorous evaluations to produce sizable, sustained benefits to participants. In addition, he played a leading role in developing and carrying out the Coalition’s high-profile, national research competition to demonstrate the value and feasibility of low-cost, randomized controlled trials.

David holds a master’s degree in public policy from Duke University and a B.A. in international studies from the University of Denver.

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Todd Spoth
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