David Altstadt is associate director of JFF’s postsecondary 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 directs the Policy Leadership Trust for Student Success and delivers services and support to the Student Success Center Network.
Prior to joining JFF in 2016, David operated as an independent consultant on several projects with JFF, along with other national and regional organizations. As a senior research associate with Community Research Partners, in Columbus, Ohio, he advised state government on several state-level education and workforce development initiatives and organized the Ohio Workforce Coalition.
David started his professional career as a news reporter and editor for several print publications. He holds a master's degree in liberal studies from Georgetown University, where he studied social and public policy, and has a bachelor's degree in journalism from the E.W. Scripps School of Journalism at Ohio University.
All told, as a researcher, writer, consultant, and manager of special projects, David has worked to raise awareness and accelerate adoption of evidence-based practices and policies that strengthen access to, and success in, postsecondary education, training, and employment for underprepared and unemployed adults and youth.