Pioneer Institute Research Director Steve Poftak Joins Harvard’s Rappaport Institute

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Pioneer Institute Research Director Steve Poftak Joins Harvard’s
Rappaport Institute

BOSTON, MA – Longtime Director of Pioneer Institute’s Centers for Better Government and Economic Opportunity, Steve Poftak, will become Executive Director of the Rappaport Institute for Greater Boston at Harvard’s John F. Kennedy School of Government, effective July 30th.

“Steve was part of the entirely new team I brought to Pioneer almost seven years ago,” says Pioneer Executive Director, Jim Stergios. “He is someone whose judgment and talents I deeply appreciate. His level-headed, non-partisan temperament suffused the entire team in a way that has helped brand Pioneer as a tough but trusted resource for both the public and policy makers.”

Poftak’s accomplishments at Pioneer include overseeing the Institute’s government transparency initiative (including the popular state spending map and online tools such as MassOpenBooks), coauthoring the Massachusetts’ New Economy series, and publishing numerous policy briefs on transportation, pension reform, and state and local budget issues. Poftak’s reputation for fair-minded, data-driven analysis has made him a frequent point of contact for Massachusetts and New England

In a letter, Stergios praised the Rappaport family and the university-affiliated Institute for recognizing Poftak’s talent.

Pioneer is underway with its search for a new Director of Better Government and Economic Opportunity. Interested candidates should contact Mary Connaughton at for a full description of the position’s responsibilities and preferred qualifications.

Media inquiries should be directed to Micaela Dawson at

Pioneer Institute is an independent, non-partisan, privately funded research organization that seeks to improve the quality of life in Massachusetts through civic discourse and intellectually rigorous, data-driven public policy solutions based on free market principles, individual liberty and responsibility, and the ideal of effective, limited and accountable government.