Dean Woodley Ball serves as Executive Director of the Calvin Coolidge Presidential Foundation.
Prior to the Coolidge Foundation, Dean worked at the Manhattan Institute for Policy Research in New York City. From 2014 to 2018, he served as the Deputy Director of the Institute’s State and Local Policy Portfolio, covering issues affecting cities and states such as housing, infrastructure, public safety, pensions and public finance, and K-12 education. He also managed special projects for MI, including its Hayek Book Prize and Lecture, its engagement with Latin American cities, and a variety of other initiatives.
In 2018, he became Interim Director of the Adam Smith Society, a Manhattan Institute project aimed at educating the next generation of business leaders about the benefits of capitalism. With 33 chapters at elite business schools, 9 young professional chapters, and over 13,000 people having been involved with the program, it is among the largest such networks in the world. In 2019, he was named Director of the Society.
Dean graduated magna cum laude from Hamilton College with a BA in history in 2014. He lives in Washington, D.C.