David Altstadt is associate director of Jobs for the Future’s Postsecondary State Policy Team, which works to improve student success by helping states and their community colleges dramatically increase the number of students who complete college and earn credentials with high value in the labor market. In his role, David supports the strategic direction of the Trust and leads a communications and influence strategy to raise the practitioner voice in policy debates through forums, publications, social media, and other venues.
As a researcher, writer, consultant, and manager of special projects, Mr. Altstadt has 10 years of broad-based experience examining and advancing evidence-based practices and policies that strengthen access to, and success in, postsecondary education, training, and employment for underprepared and unemployed adults and youth. Prior to joining JFF, Mr. Altstadt worked as a consultant on numerous research assignments and projects for JFF, the Aspen Institute Workforce Strategies Initiative, and the Working Poor Families Project, among other organizations. Previously, he worked for Community Research Partners as a senior research associate, through which he consulted on several state-level education and workforce development initiatives and managed the day-to-day operations of the Ohio Workforce Coalition.
Mr. Altstadt started his professional career as a news reporter and editor for several print publications in Washington, D.C., and Columbus, Ohio. He holds a master of arts in liberal studies from Georgetown University, where he studied social and public policy, and has a bachelor of science in journalism from the E.W. Scripps School of Journalism at Ohio University.