Our Team


Senior Fellows

Meet our Results for America Senior Fellows

Results for America’s Senior Fellows program was founded in 2015 to attract high-caliber scholarship and strategic thinking to challenges facing young people, their families, and communities around the world. The RFA Senior Fellows bring a wealth and diversity of experience and perspectives from the highest ranks of public service, and a strong understanding and support for practices, policies and programs that use evidence and data to achieve positive results. Through research and public engagement, the Senior Fellows will engage in policy discussions around “what works” approaches for addressing the most important issues facing our nation and the world.

Meet Our Senior Fellows


Melody Barnes

Senior Fellow

Former Assistant to the President and Director of the White House Domestic Policy Council (Obama Administration)

Melody Barnes

Senior Fellow

John Bridgeland

Senior Fellow

Former Assistant to the President and Director of the White House Domestic Policy Council (G.W. Bush Administration), Member, White House Council for Community Solutions (Obama Administration)

John Bridgeland

Senior Fellow

Robert Doar

Senior Fellow

Morgridge Fellow in Poverty Studies at the American Enterprise Institute and Former Commissioner of New York City's Human Resources Administration (Bloomberg Administration)

Robert Doar

Senior Fellow

Linda Gibbs

Senior Fellow

Former New York City Deputy Mayor for Health and Human Services (Bloomberg Administration)

Linda Gibbs

Senior Fellow

Michael Gerson

Senior Fellow

Washington Post, Opinion Writer; Former Assistant to the President for Policy and Strategic Planning (G.W. Bush Administration)

Michael Gerson

Senior Fellow

Kevin Madden

Senior Fellow

Partner, Hamilton Place Strategies; Former Senior Advisor and spokesman for Governor Mitt Romney (2012 and 2008 presidential campaigns); Former Press Secretary to then-House Majority Leader John Boehner (R-OH)

Kevin Madden

Senior Fellow

Bruce Reed

Senior Fellow

Former Assistant to the President and Chief of Staff to Vice President Joe Biden (Obama Administration); Former Assistant to the President and Director of the White House Domestic Policy Council (Clinton Administration)

Bruce Reed

Senior Fellow

Raj Shah

Senior Fellow

President, Rockefeller Foundation; Former Administrator, United States Agency for International Development (Obama Administration)

Raj Shah

Senior Fellow

Jim Shelton

Senior Fellow

President of Education, Chan Zuckerberg Initiative; Former Deputy Secretary and Chief Operating Officer, U.S. Department of Education (Obama Administration)

Jim Shelton

Senior Fellow