David T. Ellwood, PhD
Isabelle and Scott Black Professor of Political Economy
Harvard University Distinguished Service Professor
Director, Malcolm Wiener Center for Social Policy
David T. Ellwood is the Isabelle and Scott Black Professor of Political Economy and director of the Malcolm Wiener Center for Social Policy at the Harvard Kennedy School. He also serves as the chair of the US Partnership on Mobility from Poverty.
Ellwood joined the Harvard Kennedy School faculty in 1980 and served as Dean from 2004-2015. Previously, he served as Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation in the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, and he was co-chair of President Clinton’s initial efforts on welfare reform.
Recognized as one of the nation’s leading scholars on poverty and welfare, Ellwood’s work has been credited with significantly influencing public policy in the United States and abroad. A labor economist who also specializes in economic mobility, social policy, low pay and unemployment, and family change, his recent work leading the US Partnership on Mobility from Poverty, funded by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, consists of 24 leading voices representing academia, practice, the faith community, philanthropy, and the private sector, whose mission is to consider what it would take to dramatically increase mobility from poverty.