Roger Low

Policy Director

Roger is America Forward’s Policy Director. He leads New Profit’s engagement with federal, state and local governments to advocate for Pay for Success, evidence-based policy, and effective workforce development approaches.

Roger tackles challenges with a mix of policy wonkery, coalition building, political realism, and idealism. He believes that philanthropy and government get better outcomes when they collaborate and that governments and social entrepreneurs should do more to invest in families struggling to make ends meet, and tie those investments more convincingly to measurable results. He is passionate about making government more data-driven, tech-savvy, outcome-oriented and inclusive.

Roger served as a Legislative Assistant and Policy Advisor for U.S. Senator Michael Bennet, where he took the lead in the Senate introducing the Social Impact Partnership to Pay for Results Act (SIPPRA), a breakthrough federal outcomes fund. He also worked to include provisions supporting outcome-based contracting in the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act. Before working on the Hill, Roger served as Senator Bennet’s campaign Deputy Policy Director, and as a Special Assistant during the first year of the Obama Administration. He also spent a summer during graduate school working as a fellow for Third Sector Capital Partners.

Since 2016, Roger has served as the Pay for Success Project Manager in the Colorado Governor’s Office of State Planning and Budgeting, where he led the successful launch of the state’s first three Pay for Success projects. Together, these projects will serve over 1,000 at-risk teens and their families through a mix of evidence-based home, school, and community interventions.

Roger received a Masters of Public Affairs from Princeton’s Woodrow Wilson School and a BA from Yale University. Roger was born and raised in Denver where he currently lives with his partner, Michael. He travels regularly to DC and Boston. Roger enjoys running, musicals, history, beaches, board games, catching up with old friends and making new ones.

What is your favorite quote?

“High-level people are low-level people at a high level.” – A friend

Describe yourself using three words.

Optimistic, energetic and imaginative

What do you like to do on the weekends?

Sleep in, go for a run in our neighborhood park, get brunch with my boyfriend and see a movie with him!