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DavidShafferDavid  Shaffer

Senior Fellow
University at Albany
Department: Rockefeller Institute of Government

Economic development; higher education; workforce development

Campus phone: (518) 443-5284
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Shaffer concentrates on economic development, higher education and workforce development. He has written about state government and public policy since 1973 -- first as a reporter for The Associated Press, and, from 1980-2008, on the staff of The Business Council of New York State, Inc.

From 1993-2008, Shaffer was president of the Public Policy Institute, the Council's research affiliate. He served as a member of Governor George Pataki's budget transition task force in 1994-95; worked with the Institute on the Commissioner's Review of the New York State Education Department in 1996; and served on the Governor's Commission on Education Reform in 2004.

Shaffer is a graduate of Duke University (B.A., 1970) and of Rockefeller College at UAlbany (M.A., 1972).