Professor Michael D. Goodman, Executive Director

Dr. Michael Goodman is Executive Director of the PPC and Professor of Public Policy at the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth.  Professor Goodman joined the faculty at UMass Dartmouth in 2009 after serving for eight years as the Director of Economic and Public Policy Research at the UMass Donahue Institute.

An economic sociologist, Professor Goodman is a  past president of the New England Economic Partnership, a nonprofit organization made up of leading regional analysts that produces semi-annual economic forecasts of the economic outlook for each of the six New England states.

He has authored or co-authored over fifty professional publications on a wide range of public policy issues including regional economic development and housing policy as well as demographic and other applied social science research topics. He has supported this research by generating over $5 million in external grant and contract funding from a diverse array of public and private sources.

A leading expert on the Massachusetts economy, Professor Goodman currently serves as Co-Editor of MassBenchmarks, the journal of the Massachusetts economy published by the University of Massachusetts Donahue Institute in cooperation with the Federal Reserve Bank of Boston.  Professor Goodman earned his MA and Ph.D. at Boston University.

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David R. Borges, Director of Research and Administration

David Borges is Director of Research and Administration at the Public Policy Center. David’s focus is applied policy research in the areas of program evaluation, economic impact analysis, workforce development, polling, and market analysis. David has worked with a wide variety of public and private organizations, including departments and agencies of state and municipal government, non-profit organizations, housing authorities, schools, media outlets, and trade associations. David is involved in nearly all of the Center’s operation, including project management and coordination, report writing, data analysis, grant and proposal development, and staff supervision. David holds a B.A. from UMass Dartmouth in Political Science and an M.P.A. from the University of Central Florida.

Michael P. McCarthy, Senior Research Associate

Michael McCarthy is a Senior Research Associate at the Public Policy Center. Prior to joining the PPC full time, Michael worked as a Research Assistant at the UMass Dartmouth Urban Initiative and the PPC while completing his Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees. This experience allowed him to work with state and municipal governments and agencies, non-profit organizations, housing authorities, and school districts on a variety of projects including economic impact analyses, program evaluations, and needs assessments. Michael received an M.P.P. from UMass Dartmouth, where he also earned a B.A. in English.

Jacob Miller, Visiting Scholar

Jacob Miller is a social entrepreneur based on the SouthCoast of Massachusetts. He recently completed a Master of Science in Building and Urban Design in Development at University College London Bartlett School of Architecture and a Master of Philosophy in Management at the University of Cambridge Judge Business School on the Marshall Scholarship. While in the United Kingdom, he was a researcher with Professor Diane Coyle at the University of Cambridge Bennett Institute for Public Policy and led a study for the Greater Manchester Prosperity Review. He also graduated from UMass Dartmouth with the Truman Scholarship. Prior to attending graduate school in the United Kingdom, he was the Director of Community Affairs for Massachusetts State Senator Mark Montigny and the Grassroots and Coalition Coordinator for Opportunity Nation. He currently is working on a range of regional projects and is a Local Pathways Fellow with the United Nations Sustainable Development Solutions Network.


The Public Policy Center prioritizes engaging UMass Dartmouth students in our work. In addition to graduate assistantships offered to Master of Public Policy candidates, the PPC employs students as paid research assistants and unpaid interns throughout the course of the year.

These positions are currently open. Are you a graduate student at UMass Dartmouth interested in working with the PPC? Contact us to learn more.

In addition, the PPC currently employs three undergraduate research assistants: Mashiat Amreen, Salvador Balkus, and Evan Gendreau.


The Public Policy Center works closely with faculty members affiliated with the UMass Dartmouth Department of Public Policy and with other faculty members and subject matter experts from across the campus and the larger University of Massachusetts system.  The PPC is able to partner with UMass faculty and staff, as well as experts from outside the public university system, to assemble specialized project teams and to scale its operations to quickly meet the needs of its partners and clients.