Josh B. McGee*

Josh B. McGee is an economist who is a faculty member in the Department of Education Reform and associate director of the Office for Education Policy at the University of Arkansas. His work focuses on helping governments and nonprofits use data and evidence to make better decisions. His research investigates issues related to retirement policy, K–12 education, and economic development and has been published in popular media outlets and scholarly journals.

McGee has extensive experience working in leadership roles in education, government, nonprofits, and philanthropy. McGee is a director at the nonprofit research firm MDRC and the retirement policy nonprofit Equable. He also recently served on a U.S. Department of Education funded National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine panel tasked with developing a vision and roadmap for education statistics. He has formerly served as the chief data officer (CDO) for the State of Arkansas, an executive vice president at the Laura and John Arnold Foundation, chairman of the Texas Pension Review Board, senior fellow at the Manhattan Institute, director at the education nonprofit EdBuild, and member of the Tax Policy Center’s Leadership Council.