David Pankratz, PhD, is an arts researcher, evaluator, and policy analyst who currently serves as Research & Policy Director for the Greater Pittsburgh Arts Council (GPAC). In this role he has directed the production and dissemination of its report, “Arts, Culture & Economic Prosperity in Allegheny County”, drafted “Developing Policy Positions on the Arts, Culture & Tourism in PA,” managed the Pittsburgh Arts Research Committee, facilitated “Connecting Pittsburgh Creatives” gatherings, and chaired Mayor Peduto's transition subcommittee on the Arts, Culture, Tourism, and Economic Development. David teaches "Cultural Policy & Advocacy in the U.S.” at Carnegie Mellon University and “Analysis for Creative Placemaking” for The Ohio State University. He previously held senior positions for the J. Paul Getty Trust, the Arts & Business Council of Los Angeles, and the Independent Commission on the National Endowment for the Arts. David is the author of Multiculturalism and Public Arts Policy, and co-editor of The Arts in a New Millennium: Research and the Arts Sector. He earned an M.A. in Educational Policy Studies from the University of Illinois and his Ph.D. in Arts Policy & Administration from The Ohio State University.