Robert Doar is the Morgridge Fellow in Poverty Studies at the American Enterprise Institute (AEI) where he will study and evaluate how free enterprise and improved federal policies and programs can reduce poverty and provide opportunities for vulnerable Americans. Specifically Doar will focus on the health, education, and community participation of children and early adults.
Before joining AEI, Doar was commissioner of New York City’s Human Resources Administration where he administered 12 public assistance programs for the largest local social services agency in the United States. Programs included welfare, food assistance, public health insurance, home care for the elderly and disabled, energy assistance, child support enforcement services, adult protective services and domestic violence assistance, and help for people living with HIV/AIDS. In New York City, Doar oversaw a 25 percent reduction in the City's welfare caseload and the transition to work of more than 500,000 public assistance applicants and recipients. Prior to joining the Bloomberg administration, Doar was New York State commissioner of social services where he helped to make New York a model for the implementation of welfare reform.
Doar has a bachelor’s degree in history from Princeton University.
Commissioner, New York City Human Resources Administration, Department of Social Services, 2007–14
Commissioner, New York State Office of Temporary and Disability Assistance, 2003–06
Executive Deputy Commissioner, New York State Office of Temporary and Disability Assistance, 2000–03
Deputy Commissioner, Child Support Enforcement, New York State Office of Temporary and Disability Assistance, 1995–2000
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It may seem odd, given the generally liberal politics of the workers there (not to mention the city itself), but for the past 20 years, the employees of New York City’s welfare office were some of the strongest proponents of work over welfare in the country.
Washington, D.C. (February 4, 2014) - American Enterprise Institute (AEI) president Arthur Brooks announced today that the former commissioner of New York City’s Human Resources Administration, Robert Doar, has joined AEI as the Morgridge Fellow in Poverty Studies. At AEI, Doar...