Director of Policy & Outreach, Administrative Data Accelerator
316E BBH Building
Biography & Projects
Michael Donovan leads the Data Accelerator’s policy operations and facilitates collaborative projects between the research community and external partners, including federal and state-level government agencies and departments, philanthropic organizations and foundations, think tanks, and other academic entities. His efforts aim to build and maintain strategic partnerships that both produce scientific value and contribute to the creation of policy-relevant, practical insights. Michael also serves as the Associate Director of the Evidence-to-Impact Collaborative, a unit of the Social Science Research Institute. He brings nearly a decade of government and political experience to Penn State, having previously served from 2009-2017 at the White House as a Special Assistant to President Obama overseeing the planning and execution of the administration’s strategic agenda. He possesses extensive theoretical and applied policy expertise gained through formal education and professional experience.