David Myers, a nationally recognized education researcher, served as president and CEO of AIR for 13 years, leading the institute during a time of tremendous change and growth.
Dr. Myers joined AIR in 2006 as senior vice president and director of the Education, Human Development and Workforce division. He was named AIR’s sixth president and CEO in January 2011, succeeding Sol Pelavin. Under his leadership, AIR grew its portfolio of research and technical assistance work; strove to make evidence more accessible and usable by researchers, policymakers and practitioners; and deepened its commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI) both internally and in the work it does for and with clients and communities. Dr. Myers' legacy at AIR is punctuated by the 2021 launch of the AIR Equity Initiative, a $100+ million investment in research and technical assistance to address the underlying causes of systemic inequities and to increase opportunities for people and communities. He retired from AIR in 2024.
Prior to joining AIR, Dr. Myers served as senior vice president and chief strategy officer at Mathematica Policy Research, Inc.
A leading authority on the design, implementation and analysis of experimental studies of education programs, he has played a major role in some of the largest randomized control trials on education conducted in the United States. He has directed policy analyses of elementary, secondary, postsecondary, and adult education issues, including such diverse topics as the effects of compensatory education programs and school vouchers on student achievement, the impact of high school achievement on college enrollment of black and white youth, and differences in learning trajectories of children as they progress through elementary school. He also led an impact study of adult literacy programs.
Dr. Myers holds a doctorate in sociology from Washington State University and earned a Bachelor of Science degree in sociology from Western Washington State College.
Ph.D., Sociology, Washington State University