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Jon Baron

Vice President of Evidence-Based Policy

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Todd Spoth

Jon 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 is the founder and former president of the Coalition for Evidence-Based Policy, a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization that worked with federal policy officials from 2001 to 2015 to advance important evidence-based reforms, many of which were enacted into law and policy.

Jon was twice nominated by the president and confirmed by the Senate to serve on the National Board for Education Sciences (2004-2011), and was the Board’s chairman during the last year of his term. He has also served on the National Academy of Sciences’ Committee on Capitalizing on Science, Technology, and Innovation and is a Fellow of the National Academy of Public Administration, an Honorary Fellow of the Academy of Experimental Criminology, and a recipient of the Society for Prevention Research’s Public Service Award. Jon’s earlier positions include executive director of the Presidential Commission on Offsets in International Trade, Program Manager for the Defense Department’s Small Business Innovation Research program, and Counsel to the House of Representatives Committee on Small Business. He holds a law degree from Yale Law School, a master’s degree in Public Affairs from Princeton University, and a Bachelor of Arts degree from Rice University.

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