Kathy Stack had a distinguished career in the federal government, including 27 years at the White House Office of Management and Budget, where she served under five Presidents. Under the Barack Obama and George W. Bush administrations, Kathy helped federal agencies design innovative grant-making models that allocate funding based on evidence and evaluation. While at OMB, she oversaw budget, policy, legislation, regulations, and management issues for the Departments of Education and Labor, the Social Security Administration, the Corporation for National and Community Services, and major human services programs including Head Start, Temporary Assistance for Needy Families, child welfare, and food and nutrition assistance. She co-led a review of science and mathematics education programs across 14 federal agencies, which spurred development and adoption of common evidence guidelines for evaluating a broad range of other programs. In addition, she devised strategies for sharing data – while preserving privacy protections – across federal agencies.
After retiring from the federal government in 2015, Kathy served for several years as Vice President at the Laura and John Arnold Foundation where she focused on building federal, state, and local government capacity to link data and evaluate programs and launched projects to identify the most effective strategies for treating opioid addiction. She is a valued resource for agency officials and Congressional staff seeking ways to improve the design and implementation of innovative, evidence-focused initiatives that require coordination across agencies and levels of government. She is now an independent consultant working with a network of partners in federal, state, and local government and in the academic, non-profit and philanthropic communities that collaborate to improve the impact of social programs using evidence and innovation. Kathy is a graduate of Cornell University and a fellow of the National Academy of Public Administration.