David McConnell has been named vice president for research operations at Public Policy Associates, Inc., company President Colleen E. Graber announced.
Mr. McConnell has held numerous positions with growing responsibility at PPA, most recently as project manager.
“Over his 11 years with PPA, Dave has not only demonstrated a commitment to delivering quality work, but has been a thoughtful contributor to organizational discussions,” Ms. Graber said. “I’m pleased to have him in this new role, using his experience and insights to guide our research operations.”
Mr. McConnell’s research and evaluation experience includes workforce development, sector-based strategies, public-private partnerships, education policy, small business and entrepreneurship markets, and human services programs.
Mr. McConnell, an East Lansing resident, said he looked forward to his new role at PPA.
“Our researchers are all highly competent and trained professionals,” Mr. McConnell said. “I see this as an opportunity to make sure PPA continues to provide high-impact and meaningful policy research for our clients around the country.”
Mr. McConnell has a master of public administration degree with a focus on nonprofit leadership and administration from Western Michigan University and a bachelor’s degree in philosophy from Michigan State University.