McGahey, Richard

Richard McGahey

Richard McGahey
PhD, Economics, The New School for Social Research
Professor of Professional Practice and Director of Environmental Policy and Sustainability, Milano School of International Affairs, Management, and Urban Policy

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Areas of Expertise:
Urban and Regional Economic Development; Evaluation; Retirement Policy, Philanthropy; Workforce Development and Labor Economics
Rick McGahey is professor of professional practice in the Milano School of International Affairs, Management, and Urban Policy. He also is a senior fellow at the New School’s Schwartz Center for Economic Policy Analysis. McGahey is a nationally recognized expert on urban and regional economic development, evaluation, retirement policy, and workforce development who has worked in philanthropy, the private sector, and government at all levels—federal, state, and local. McGahey comes to Milano from the Ford Foundation, where he was the Director of Impact Assessment, working to develop and implement assessments to help the Foundation achieve greater impact. Previously, he was a program officer with a focus on workforce development and regional economic development. He is the co-editor, with Jennifer Vey, of Retooling for Growth: Building a 21st Century Economy in America’s Older Industrial Areas (2008).

Before joining the Foundation, he was a Managing Vice President at Abt Associates, a consulting, research and evaluation firm where he directed work on education, childhood development, social welfare, and workforce development, responsible for an annual portfolio of over $20 million in evaluation grants and contracts. Rick also has extensive experience in the public sector. During President Clinton’s second term, he served as Assistant Secretary for Policy, and later for Pension and Welfare Benefits, at the U.S. Department of Labor under Secretary Alexis Herman. He also served as Executive Director of the Congressional Joint Economic Committee and as Economic Policy Advisor for Senator Edward M. Kennedy (D-Mass.).
Courses Taught:
  • Public Management
  • Ph.D Research Workshop
  • Public Policy lab
Recent Publications:

“Are Subsidies to Keep Firms In New York Worth It?”Crain’s New York, March 4, 2012

“Regions, Clusters, and Reform: Economic Development Policy Under Andrew Cuomo,” Albany Law Review, forthcoming

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