AJ Herrmann is a program officer in Entrepreneurship for the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation. He manages a portfolio of evidence-based research that illuminates the successful outcomes that support entrepreneurs: incubators, accelerators, entrepreneurial ecosystems, new entrepreneurial learning, market gaps, and convening and engaging.
Prior to joining the Kauffman Foundation, Herrmann worked for a number of policy-focused organizations, where he researched and helped implement innovative and workforce development policies at the local, state and national levels. Two of those organizations include REDF in San Francisco, California, and Manhattan Strategy Group in Washington, D.C. and Kansas City, Missouri. In 2017, Herrmann was a research analyst for the Kauffman Foundation, where he wrote an applied policy analysis on state-level policies that impact rates of entrepreneurship and entrepreneurial activities. That same year, he was also a policy researcher for the Opportunity Institute in Berkeley, California, where he researched state educational policies for the Partners for Each and Every Child Project and helped states develop infrastructure to support educational access, achievement and career opportunities for K-12 students. Herrmann has written several reports and publications, some of which include: Solutions to California's Environmental Water Crisis (2016); The Impact of Transportation on Affordability: An Analysis of Five Major Housing Programs (2013); and Patent Examiner Production Expectancy Goals Re-alignment and Adjustment Study (2010).
Herrmann earned a Master of Public Policy from the Goldman School of Public Policy at U.C. Berkeley and a Bachelor of Arts in history from Colby College.