David P. Racine, Ph.D.


Ph.D., Public Administration & Policy, Virginia Tech

M.S.W., University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign

B.S., Social Systems Analysis, University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign

Bio: David Racine is the executive director of the Center for State Policy and Leadership on the Springfield Campus of the University of Illinois. In this role, which has held since 2010, he oversees public service and financing research, evaluation, and training programs, graduate internships in state government, public media coverage of state policy and politics, and Innovate Springfield, a local business and social innovation incubator. Racine has for several years been an active presence in the dissemination and implementation of innovative, evidence-based programs and practices in the education, health service, and social service fields. He helped to launch and for a number of years was the chief executive of Replication & Program Strategies, the first U.S. organization devoted exclusively to supporting the scale-up of effective programs. Previously, Racine was legislative director to Sen. Jack Danforth of Missouri, senior policy advisor for health, labor, and human services to Sen. Tom Kean of New Jersey, founding staff member and executive vice president of the Points of Light Foundation, and government affairs director for the American Public Human Services Association, the national organization representing state and local human service agencies.