Charlie Chieppo

Charlie Chieppo

IAG Fellow
Charlie Chieppo

Charles Chieppo is the principal of Chieppo Strategies, LLC, a public policy writing and advocacy firm. He is also a research fellow at the Ash Center of Harvard Kennedy School, where he is contributing editor to the “Better, Faster, Cheaper” blog on

From 2003 to 2005, Chieppo served as policy director in Massachusetts’ Executive Office for Administration and Finance, where he led the Romney administration’s successful effort to reform the commonwealth’s public construction laws, helped develop and enact a new charter school funding formula, and worked on a variety of public employee labor issues such as pension reform and easing state restrictions against privatization.

Previously, he directed the Shamie Center for Better Government at Pioneer Institute, a think tank with which he is still affiliated as a senior fellow. While at Pioneer, Chieppo served on the MBTA’s Blue Ribbon Committee on Forward Funding and has written and commented extensively on T and other transportation issues. He was a contributor to “MBTA Capital Spending Derailed by Expansion,” by the Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation with Pioneer Institute, which won the Government Research Association’s “Most Distinguished Research” award.

For several years, Chieppo’s columns appeared regularly in The Boston Herald. Today, his work appears in virtually every major Massachusetts newspaper. Other publications in which his work has been featured include the Wall Street Journal, Education Next, The Weekly Standard, Washington Times, Providence Journal, Nashville Tennessean and CommonWealth magazine.

Chieppo is a graduate of Boston University’s College of Communication and Vanderbilt University Law School.