Advocacy Planning and Evaluation Program
Advocacy Planning and Evaluation Program
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.
Richard A. Tagle
As Deputy Director for Advocacy Planning and Evaluation Program (APEP), Richard Anthony Tagle works on all aspects of program activities and administration, including the development of projects within the scope of the Program’s interests. Richard has over 25 years of non-profit management, policy development, and advocacy experience.
Most recently, Richard was the CEO of Higher Achievement (2006-2012), a national academic program serving middle school students. Previous experience also includes being the Chief of Staff at Public Education Network (1994-2006) and a senior program officer at the US Conference of Mayors’ Health Program (1990-1994).
He has provided guidance and advice to various federal, state, and local government commissions on youth development, education reform, health, and community development. He also serves on a number of national and local boards including Nonprofit Roundtable for Greater Washington, National Summer Learning Association (Chair), DC Voice (Chair), and the Community College Preparatory Academy.
Richard received a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology from American University and a Master of Arts in Social Policy/Applied Sociology from the same institution.
Born and raised in Manila, Philippines, Richard has been a Washington DC resident for over 25 years. Sports had been a major hobby but due to a stubborn knee injury and chronic back pain, he recently indulged in a new hobby: cooking. Since everything is experimental at this stage of this new hobby, accept dinner invitations at your own risk.
As Program Manager of the Advocacy Planning and Evaluation Program (APEP), Robert regularly consults with foundations, such as The Connect US Fund and the Twenty-First Century Foundation, on the process of planning for advocacy using APEP’s Advocacy Progress Planner tool. He also performs quantitative and qualitative data analyses for our assessments of policymaker champion advocacy—what we call “champion-ness”—for multiple clients, including CARE USA and The Aspen Institute’s Global Health and Development Program.
Before joining the APEP team, Robert was an analyst in the intellectual property practice of litigation consulting firm Charles River Associates, where he developed a profound appreciation for Microsoft Excel. In this role, he conducted research and quantitative analyses for a series of pending cases in the US and internationally, primarily on patent and trademark infringement.
Robert earned his bachelor's degree in economics, summa cum laude and with distinction, from the University of Pennsylvania and later a master's in Latin American literature from the University of California, Berkeley. Like David, Robert hails from the great (and underappreciated) state of New Jersey.
Angbeen Saleem joined the APEP team as our intern in May 2012 and was later promoted to Program Associate in September 2012. She recently completed her B.A. in Urban Studies at the University of Pennsylvania. As APEP ramps up its work evaluating foundation-funded “media partnerships,” Angbeen will contribute insights from her media and communications experiences. Angbeen was an intern at WURD--Pennsylvania’s only African American owned talk radio station--where she helped launch the station’s first membership campaign. While at Penn, Angbeen also participated in extracurricular activities such as the United Minorities Council, Student Labor Action Project, and the Muslim Students Association. She hails from the nation’s former capital, Philadelphia.