David L. Kirp is a professor of public policy whose work ranges across the social policy landscape. He has been directly involved in policy-making, most recently as a member of the Presidential Transition Team. His current work focuses on "kids-first" policy. His 15 books include The Sandbox Investment: The Preschool Movement and Kids-First Politics and Shakespeare, Einstein, and the Bottom Line: Higher Education Goes to Market. His latest book, Healthy, Wealthy and Wise: Five Big Ideas to Transform Children's Lives, will be published in 2010.
A former Sacramento Bee associate editor, his articles have appeared in a wide variety of journals, magazines, and newspapers — including the New York Times, The Nation, The American Prospect, and The Atlantic Monthly. He serves on the board of the Senior Corps and the Coro Leadership Institute, and consults with public agencies, foundations and non-profits. He is a recipient of Berkeley's Distinguished Teaching Award.