Michael Lipsky came to Demos from the Ford Foundation where he worked for 12 years, most recently as Senior Program Officer in the Peace and Social Justice program. Responsible for the foundation's portfolio on "government performance and accountability," he helped assemble the State Fiscal Analysis Initiative, a national network of organizations devoted to budget transparency and accountability, and International Budget Project of the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities.
Prior to Ford, Michael taught political science at the University of Wisconsin, and, for 21 years, at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. His best-known books are Protest in City Politics, Nonprofits for Hire: The Welfare State in the Age of Contracting (with S.R. Smith), and the award-winning Street-Level Bureaucracy. He holds degrees from Oberlin College and Princeton University.