MacArthur has named Craig Wacker Program Officer in the Program on Human and Community Development, which focuses primarily on national issues related to community development, urban and regional policy, affordable housing, public education, juvenile justice, and mental health policy.
In this position, Wacker will be responsible for several aspects of the programs grantmaking related to juvenile justice, education policy, and program-wide issues of measurement.
Craig's background in federal and state programs and policy, his experience in government, philanthropic and research settings, and his intellectual breadth and analytic skills make him a valuable addition to our team, said Julia Stasch, Vice President for the Program on Human and Community Development.
Before joining the Foundation, Wacker worked for four years as a Program Examiner in the Education Branch of the White House Office of Management and Budget (OMB) in Washington, DC, where he focused on K-12 education policy and budgeting. Prior to that, he was a Senior Research Analyst at the Texas Center for Educational Research where he worked on issues related to school finance, academic accountability, and the evaluation of statewide education programs. Wacker has also served as a Congressional Fellow on Senator Edward Kennedys staff; as a Research Associate at the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching; and served on assignment to the World Bank Institute (WBI) of the World Bank Group.
Wacker has a Bachelors degree in History from Grinnell College, and a Masters degree in Public Affairs from the Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs of the University of Texas at Austin.