Director of the Reinventing America's School Project at Progressive Policy Institute
David Osborne is the author or co-author of five nonfiction books: The Price of Government: Getting the Results We Need in an Age of Permanent Fiscal Crisis (2004); The Reinventor's Fieldbook: Tools for Transforming Your Government (2000), Banishing Bureaucracy: The Five Strategies For Reinventing Government (1997), Reinventing Government (1992), and Laboratories of Democracy (1988). He has also authored numerous articles for the Washington Post, the Atlantic, the New York Times Magazine, Harpers, The New Republic, Inc., Governing, Education Week, U.S. News, and other publications. And in February 2017 he published his first novel, The Coming, a historical novel based on the life of explorer William Clark's Nez Perce son, Daytime Smoke.
A long-time senior fellow at the Progressive Policy Institute, David currently directs a project at PPI on Reinventing America's Schools, supported by the Walton Family Foundation, the Broad Foundation, and the Arnold Foundation. His book, Reinventing America's Schools: Creating a 21st Century School System, will be published by Bloomsbury in September 2017.
From 1994 through 2014, David was a senior partner of The Public Strategies Group, a consulting firm that helped public organizations improve their performance. He worked with governments large and small, from cities, counties, and school districts to states, federal agencies, and foreign governments. He lectured widely around the globe and advised presidents, ministers, governors, mayors, city managers, and other leaders.
In 1993, David served as a senior advisor to Vice President Gore, to help run what the Vice President called his "reinventing government task force," the National Performance Review. He was the chief author of the NPR report, which laid out the Clinton Administration's reinvention agenda, called by Time "the most readable federal document in memory." In 2000 he served as an advisor to the Gore presidential campaign.
David also serves as a fellow of the National Academy of Public Administration, a Congressionally chartered organization similar to the National Academy of Sciences, and a member of the National Selection Committee for the Innovations in American Government Awards. From 1992 through 1997, he served as chairman of the Alliance for Redesigning Government, a National Academy initiative to help public sector leaders learn more about reinvention and redesign. Currently he is chairman of the Institute for Excellence in Government, a not-for-profit organization that provides consulting and other services to public sector leaders.
Much of David's work, including two of his books, can be found at his web site, www.reinventgov.com. His more recent work on education can be found at www.progressivepolicy.org.