Robert Doar

Robert Doar is president of and the Morgridge Scholar at the American Enterprise Institute (AEI). His research has focused on how improved federal and state antipoverty policies and safety-net programs can reduce poverty, connect individuals to work, strengthen families, and increase opportunities for low-income Americans and their children. While at AEI, Mr. Doar has served as co-chair of the National Commission on Hunger and as a lead member of the AEI-Brookings Working Group on Poverty and Opportunity, which published the report titled “Opportunity, Responsibility, and Security: A Consensus Plan for Reducing Poverty and Restoring the American Dream.” Before joining AEI, he worked for Mayor Michael Bloomberg as commissioner of New York City’s Human Resources Administration. While administering 12 public assistance programs, he oversaw a 25 percent reduction in the city’s welfare caseload. Before joining the Bloomberg administration, he was commissioner of social services for the state of New York, where he helped to make the state a model for the implementation of welfare reform. Mr. Doar has testified numerous times before Congress, and he has been published in publications including The Hill, National Review, USA Today, and The Wall Street Journal. Mr. Doar earned a bachelor’s degree from Princeton University.