Tyler Jaeckel

Tyler Jaeckel is the new policy and research director of Denver's Bell Policy Center.

Scott Wasserman, the president of the Bell Policy Center, has told the left-leaning economic think tank's supporters of a key addition to the staff.

Tyler Jaeckel will be the director of policy and research for the Capitol opinion-shaper starting March 18.

He succeeds the venerable Rich Jones, who retired at the end of January but plans to do some contract work for the Bell Policy Center, Wasserman said.

"Tyler’s experience mentoring policy staff and advising governments at every level is exactly what we need to cultivate the next generation of policy analysts who produce reliable research and ideas aimed at ensuring economic mobility for every Coloradan,” he told Colorado Politics.

Jaeckel grew up in Colorado and is "committed to making it a place that continues to thrive and demonstrates a model of inclusive prosperity and opportunity," Wasserman said in the email blast to Bell's supporters.

Jaeckel previously was a program director with the Harvard Kennedy School of Government Performance Lab. He led a team that worked on improving the performance of various local programs across the country.

According to Wasserman, the issues Jaeckel worked on included economic mobility, behavioral health, early childhood education, homelessness and workforce development.

Jaeckel's team worked on the launch of Denver’s Pay for Success Initiative. The initiative provided housing for 325 people who were formerly homeless and prolific users of other safety-net programs.

Jaeckel also has worked for New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg, the New York City Department of Small Business Services, the U.S. Senate Banking Committee and the Office of Management and Budget in the Obama administration.

He has a degree from New York University Law School and a master's in public policy from the Harvard University Kennedy School of Government.

"He is also a proud Northwestern Wildcat," Wasserman said in the email.

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