Dave Ehrlich taught 15 years as full-time faculty in the MPA and Environmental Management and Sustainability programs at the Illinois Institute of Technology and at the DePaul University School of Public Service, where he chaired the Leadership and Policy Studies degree program. He is an adjunct instructor at Indiana University School O'Neill School of Public and Environmental Affairs and has taught as an Associate Adjunct Professor at the University of Wisconsin-Madison LaFollette School of Public Affairs.
He has taught more than 100 public policy and public affairs-related courses in policy analysis, policy evaluation, environmental policy, public management, implementation, organizational theory, advocacy, leadership and decision-making, strategic planning and competitiveness in the public sector, comparative public policy, nonprofit and global civil society courses, decision-making in the public sector, research methods, and statistics. Most courses were graduate and urban-focused, including many first-generation college students. He has taught senior and mid-level officials from across China as well as students from more than thirty other countries; a dozen courses were taught overseas at several locations in India and Germany.
Before his academic career, Dr. Ehrlich served as a senior analyst for the U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO), where he briefed members of Congress, congressional committees, executive agencies, and nongovernmental groups on legislation, policy design, and public management issues. He has authored or coauthored papers and reports related to environmental policy, energy and the environment, innovative policy approaches, transportation finance, airline safety, flight training, health care, occupational safety, federal education assistance, and military weapons systems.
Prior to GAO, Dave served seven years as senior legislative assistant to two high-ranking members of the U.S. Congress: one was the Chairman of the House Rules Committee and a former U.S. Senator, the other a recent Chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee and former Chairman of the Joint Tax Committee, Select Committee on Narcotics Abuse and Control, and Congressional Black Caucus. He lives in Chicago with his wife and daughter.