David Myers, a nationally recognized education researcher, became president and chief executive officer of AIR in January 2011, after serving as AIR’s senior vice president and director of the Education, Human Development and the Workforce Division from 2006-2010. Prior to joining AIR, he served as senior vice president and chief strategy officer at Mathematica Policy Research, Inc.
Myers is a leading authority on the design, implementation and analysis of experimental studies of education programs. During his career, he has played a major role in some of the largest randomized control trials on education conducted in the United States.
He has directed policy analyses of elementary, secondary, postsecondary, and adult education issues, including such diverse topics as the effects of compensatory education programs and school vouchers on student achievement, the impact of high school achievement on college enrollment of black and white youth, and differences in learning trajectories of children as they progress through elementary school. He also led an impact study of adult literacy programs.
Myers holds a doctorate in sociology from Washington State University. He earned a Bachelor of Science degree in sociology from Western Washington State College.