Dave Clayton, Ph. D.

Senior Vice President, Research


Dave Clayton is senior vice president of research at Strada Education Foundation.

Clayton leads a research team that conducts primary and secondary research to learn what students need so that educators, policymakers, employers, innovators, funders, and others can all share in the success of students well beyond completion of their credentials and degrees. Their work pays special attention to strengthening connections between education and the workforce.

Through large-scale surveys, qualitative studies, and programmatic evaluations, Clayton and his team work to identify effective practices that help all individuals fulfill their personal and professional aspirations.

With expertise in psychology, market research, branding, and social impact marketing, Clayton has broad and deep experience in bridging research into action on many of our society’s most pressing needs — education, health, financial inclusion — and how to engage all stakeholders in pursuing shared solutions at global, national, local, and personal levels.

Clayton previously served as vice president with the global survey research firm Wirthlin Worldwide/Harris Interactive, and later as executive vice president of the social impact marketing organization Neimand Collaborative.

Clayton earned a Ph.D. in clinical psychology from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

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