Jon Baron


  • Research and methodology

Jon Baron leads the Laura and John Arnold Foundation’s strategic investments in rigorous research aimed at growing the body of evidence-based social programs and scaling those shown to produce meaningful improvements. He is the founder and former president of the Coalition for Evidence-Based Policy, a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization that worked with federal policy officials to advance important evidence-based reforms, many of which were enacted into law and policy. Baron was twice nominated by the president and confirmed by the U.S. Senate to serve on the National Board for Education Sciences and was the board’s chairman during the last year of his term. He has also served on the National Academy of Sciences’ Committee on Capitalizing on Science, Technology, and Innovation and is a fellow of the National Academy of Public Administration, an honorary fellow of the Academy of Experimental Criminology, and a recipient of the Society for Prevention Research’s Public Service Award. Baron holds a law degree from Yale Law School, a master’s in public affairs from Princeton University, and a bachelor’s degree from Rice University.