David Devlin-Foltz directs the Aspen Institute’s Advocacy Planning and Evaluation Program (APEP). Since 1999, David Devlin-Foltz has directed efforts to strengthen advocacy on public policy issues by developing tools for effective message framing, campaign planning and evaluation. Devlin-Foltz brings to APEP some twenty-five years of experience in funding, managing and evaluating public education, international exchange, and constituency building efforts in East Africa, southern Africa and the United States. APEP’s current and recent clients include foundation collaboratives like the Connect U.S. Fund as well as major foundations and nonprofits including CARE, Humanity United, the United Nations Foundation and The California Endowment.
Devlin-Foltz’s work for the Institute draws on his experience in curriculum design, training and facilitation. APEP’s collaborative approach to advocacy evaluation has proven well-suited to work with coalitions addressing issues as diverse as reproductive health, foreign assistance reform, human trafficking, torture, and childhood obesity.
APEP’s innovative responses to the special challenge of advocacy evaluation helped earn Devlin-Foltz an invitation to co-chair the Advocacy and Policy Change Topical Interest Group within the American Evaluation Association.
Before coming to the Aspen Institute in 1993, Devlin-Foltz worked for the Institute of International Education, the School for International Training and the Carnegie Corporation of New York. Devlin-Foltz was responsible for Carnegie’s South African human rights grantmaking from 1984 to 1988, and devised Carnegie’s strategy for building public understanding in the US of international development issues.
A Peace Corps volunteer at the National University of Rwanda from 1979 to 1981, Devlin-Foltz has also taught and managed programs in France, Spain, and Zimbabwe. He received his undergraduate degree from Yale College and holds graduate degrees from the Sorbonne and the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs at Princeton University. He took his hyphenated name on marrying the former Betsy Devlin; they are the proud but occasionally perplexed parents of two fine young men.