Michael Donovan

Director of Policy & Outreach, Administrative Data Accelerator

316E BBH Building
(814) 875-1201


As the Director of Policy & Outreach at Penn State University's Administrative Data Accelerator, Michael leads the Accelerator's policy operations and facilitates collaborative projects between government partners and researchers. This includes a new initiative from the innovative Social Science Research Institute ( to build a statewide integrative data system (IDS) to combat the ongoing opioid epidemic, among many other vital and exciting projects. He has nearly a decade of government experience to this role--previously serving at the White House as a Special Assistant to the President overseeing execution of the administration's strategic agenda. He is particularly passionate about supporting the use of research for evidence-based policy making across government.