American Enterprise Institute Gets New Leader

Robert Doar will be the next president of the conservative American Enterprise Institute (AEI), succeeding Arthur C. Brooks, who served in the post for more than a decade.

Doar currently is the Morgridge Fellow in Poverty Studies at AEI and will become the organization’s 12th president, effective July 1, 2019. Brooks announced last March his decision to step down. He has been president since Jan. 1, 2019.

The Washington, D.C.-based think tank reported $75 million in total revenue for the Fiscal Year Ending June 2017, with net assets of $304 million.

AEI’s announcement did not indicate a salary for the incoming president. As president, Brooks earned total compensation of $1.11 million, including base compensation of $874,647, according to AEI’s Internal Revenue Service (IRS) Form 990 for the year ending June 2017. As resident fellow, Doar earned total compensation of $216,235, including base compensation of $185,400.

At AEI, Doar “transformed AEI’s scholarship on poverty issues and dramatically expanded that area of research,” according to a press release from the organization. While at AEI, he has served as co-chair of the National Commission on Hunger and as a lead member of the AEI-Brookings Working Group on Poverty and Opportunity. He was a contributing author to “Opportunity, Responsibility, and Security: A Consensus Plan for Reducing Poverty and Restoring the American Dream,” “This Way Up: New Thinking About Poverty and Economic Mobility,” and “Work, Skills, Community: Restoring Opportunity for the Working Class” and editor of “A Safety Net That Works: Improving Federal Programs for Low-Income Americans.”

Before joining AEI in 2014, Doar was commissioner of New York City’s Human Resources Administration, where he administered 12 public assistance programs. Programs included cash welfare, food assistance, public health insurance, energy assistance, child support enforcement services, and help for people living with HIV/AIDS. In New York City, Doar oversaw a 25-percent reduction in the city’s cash welfare caseload. Before that role, he was New York State commissioner of social services, where he helped make New York a model for the implementation of welfare reform.