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David Kersten

Adjunct Professor

Part-Time Faculty


David Kersten is an expert in public policy research and analysis, particularly budget, tax, labor, and fiscal issues. He currently serves as the president of the Kersten Institute for Governance and Public Policy – a moderate non-partisan policy think tank and public policy consulting organization.

The institute specializes in providing knowledge, evidence, and training to public agencies, elected officials, policy advocates, organization, and citizens who desire to enact public policy change. It is the culmination of Kersten’s lifelong passion and vision for how to create high-performance government organizations that are effective, efficient and responsive to the needs of citizens.

In 2014, Kersten was one of the principal architects of the financial framework that resolved the BART labor dispute.

In 2008, and more recently, Kersten developed a legislative training program for state and local government staff. 


  • Master of Public Policy, Georgetown University
  • BA, Political Science, University of California, San Diego