David Devlin-Foltz

David Devlin-Foltz



David Devlin-Foltz directs the Aspen Institute’s Aspen 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 the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation, Humanity United, the United Nations Foundation, NBC News, and major nonprofits including CARE, Crisis Action, and Independent Television Service [ITVS].     

Devlin-Foltz’s work for the Institute draws on his experience in curriculum design, training and facilitation. APEP’s collaborative approach to assessing the impact of advocacy efforts, media campaigns, and other social change efforts has proven well-suited to work with coalitions addressing issues as diverse as reproductive health, foreign assistance reform, college readiness, and human trafficking. 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, multiple speaking engagements,  and invitations to author or co-author articles on evaluation.  

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 grant-making 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.

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