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David Osborne
Senior Partner
The Public Strategies Group

David Osborne is the author or co-author of five books: The Price of Government: Getting the Results We Need in An Age of Permanent Fiscal Crisis (Basic Books, 2004); The Reinventor’s Fieldbook: Tools for Transforming Your Government (Jossey-Bass, 2000); Banishing Bureaucracy: The Five Strategies for Reinventing Government (1997); Reinventing Government (1992); and Laboratories of Democracy (Harvard Business School Press, 1990). He has also authored numerous articles for The Washington Post, The Atlantic, The New York Times Magazine, Harpers, Inc., Governing and other publications.

Mr. Osborne is a Senior Partner of The Public Strategies Group, a consulting firm that helps public organizations improve their performance. He has worked with governments large and small, from cities, counties, and school districts to states, federal agencies, and foreign governments. He has advised governors, mayors, city managers, county executives, school superintendents, and many other public sector leaders.

In 1993, he served as a senior advisor to Vice President Gore, to help run what the Vice President often called his “reinventing government task force,” the National Performance Review. He was the chief author of the NPR report, called by Time “the most readable federal document in memory.” He also serves as a fellow of the National Academy of Public Administration, a congressionally chartered organization similar to the National Academy of Sciences.

Mr. Osborne graduated with honors from Stanford University, and he has taught at Yale University as a visiting lecturer.

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