The Morgridge Fellow in Poverty Studies at American Enterprise Institute, Robert Doar, was named the organization’s 12th president, effective July 1. He will succeed Arthur C. Brooks, who has been president since Jan. 1, 2009.
Before AEI, Doar was commissioner of Human Resources Administration for the City of New York. His recent research at AEI focused on how improved federal and state antipoverty policies can reduce poverty. In commenting on the announcement, Brooks said, “Over the past five years, I have been privileged to know Robert as a scholar, manager, mentor, and friend. He is an essential voice in our nation’s debates on how to reduce poverty in America and around the world. He understands that the key to our success as a nation lies in free enterprise, and, in the end, it is the only system that can improve the lives of literally billions of people at the periphery of our society — here and around the world.”