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Douglas Criscitello

Program Integrity Fellow

Doug leads research into specific U.S. government agencies to identify and advance solutions aimed at ensuring taxpayer dollars are used smartly to realize intended program objectives while minimizing incidences of fraud, waste, and abuse.

Before joining Arnold Ventures, Doug served as the executive director of the Golub Center for Finance and Policy at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology where he led research and educational initiatives aimed at improving financial decision making by government officials. Topics of study included evidence-based budgeting, innovative finance for public programs, and the cost and performance of government credit and insurance programs. Previously, he served as both a Presidential appointee and career civil servant within the U.S. government working at agencies including the Office of Management and Budget and the Congressional Budget Office. He has also been engaged at the local level of government as the founding director of the New York City Independent Budget Office. Between government roles, he worked at JPMorgan Securities and Grant Thornton where he provided operational, investment banking, and financial advisory services to public sector entities.

Doug is a frequent contributor to publications and other media covering U.S. federal finances and is actively involved in efforts to improve government operations through his roles as a fellow at the National Academy of Public Administration, an advisor at the Partnership for Public Service, and as a member of the Covid Crisis Group.

Doug completed his undergraduate and graduate work at the University of Rochester. He lives in Vienna, VA with his wife and their three 20-something children, who live locally, and make the nest more often full than empty.

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