Joaquin is a Government Innovation Fellow in Washington, D.C. working on projects with U.S. cities through the What Works Cities initiative. Prior to joining the Government Performance Lab, Joaquin was a portfolio manager for the Development Innovation Ventures program at the US Agency for International Development. He led due diligence, procurement, and outcomes monitoring for over $25 million in grants to early-stage NGOs and social enterprises and pioneered results-based contracting strategies, including USAID’s first social impact bond investment and “cash benchmarking” - comparing the cost-effectiveness of USAID programming to cash transfers through a series of randomized controlled trials. Joaquin has also taught kindergarten, K-12 after-school programs, and at the university level. He holds an MPP from the Goldman School of Public Policy at UC-Berkeley and BAs in History and International Studies from the University of North Carolina - Chapel Hill.