Carl DeMaio is a senior fellow with The Performance Institute (PI), supporting nonpartisan, think tank efforts to improve government performance through the principles of transparency, accountability, performance, and engagement. Carl founded PI in 2000, and served as its Chief Executive Officer until 2008. After serving in elected politics, he returned PI to work on government innovation, providing advice to both elected and career government officials on a wide range of government reform topics.
Carl has authored numerous reform proposals at the federal, state, and local levels of government and guided successful implementation of those proposals with both elected and career officials. He is a nationally-recognized expert in a variety of government management topics including performance management, workforce transformation, program redesign, budget efficiencies, process improvement, acquisition and partnerships, and leadership of major change initiatives.
While serving on the San Diego City Council from 2008 – 2012, Carl helped define and implement a series of reforms that helped save that city from bankruptcy while improving service quality to citizens.
In his role at PI, Carl also oversees the 2016 Transition to Governance Initiative that features a series of Town Hall forums designed to develop federal management reform recommendations for the next Administration to consider. The project is modeled after a similar project Carl spearheaded in 2000 that helped shape federal management reform policy for more than a decade.