David Osborne

David Osborne


David Osborne is a senior partner of The Public Strategies Group, a consulting firm that helps public organizations improve their performance. He has worked with governments large and small, from cities, counties, and school districts to states, federal agencies, and foreign governments. He has lectured widely around the globe and advised presidents, ministers, governors, mayors, city managers, county executives, school superintendents, and many other public sector leaders.

In 1993, he served as a senior advisor to Vice President Gore, to help run what the Vice President often called his "reinventing government task force," the National Performance Review. He was the chief author of the NPR report, which laid out the Clinton Administration’s reinvention agenda, called by Time "the most readable federal document in memory". In 2000 he served as an advisor to the Gore presidential campaign.

David Osborne is the author or co-author of five books: The Price of Government, The Reinventor's Fieldbook, Banishing Bureaucracy, Reinventing Government and Laboratories of Democracy

. He has also authored numerous articles for the Washington Post, the Atlantic, the New York Times Magazine, Harpers, The New Republic, Inc., Governing, and other publications. His most recent book, The Price of Government, applies many of the ideas visited in his previous texts, to the current fiscal crisis, which David and his co-author, Peter Hutchinson argue will be with us for decades to come. It shows how our public institutions can use reinvention to squeeze ever more value out of every tax dollar they raise.

David graduated with honors from Stanford University, and he has taught at Yale University, as a visiting lecturer. He lives in Essex, Massachusetts, northeast of Boston.