Steve Farkas

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Steve Farkas

Prior to co-founding the FDR Group, Steve Farkas was Director of Research at Public Agenda, a nonprofit and nonpartisan think tank, from 1992 to 2004. Originally planning a career in political consulting, he began with a short stint as a Senior Research Analyst at Penn & Schoen, Inc., in 1990.

Farkas is the principal author of hundreds of major opinion studies on a range of issues, from public education, families, poverty, and immigration, to social security, crime, and foreign policy. His expertise lies in crafting original questionnaires, employing advanced statistical techniques, and moderating focus groups. On education alone he has conducted hundreds of focus group discussions with teachers, students, parents, and administrators. He has appeared dozens of times on CNN, NPR, CBS, ABC, and others.

He earned his BA from New York University, and his MA and MPhil from Columbia University’s Department of Political Science. At Columbia, Farkas received a MacArthur Pre-Dissertation Fellowship. In 2004-2005 he was a Program Associate at the National Center for Public Policy and Higher Education. He continues his affiliation with Public Agenda as a Senior Research Fellow.