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Bachelor's from Dartmouth College and Master’s Degree from Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government
New America Foundation began life as Vision Trust.Bill Moyers, president of the Florence and John Schuman Foundation, funded the trust with a seed of $200,000, on the condition that Halstead change the name.
^ abSherman, Charles (April 6, 2002). "Daniel Webster Distinguished Service Award for 2002 - Opening Remarks". The Dartmouth Club of Washington, D.C. Retrieved October 18, 2011. Ted Halstead, Dartmouth Class of 1990, marches to a different drummer. He worked his way through Dartmouth on a different schedule. He chooses different measures for economic and personal success. He uses different political labels. And he is already making a difference for thinkers of his generation and for the rest of us.
^Tamer, Mary (March 9, 2001). "Public Service Innovators". Alumni Stories. Harvard University. Retrieved October 18, 2011. Ted Halstead (MPA 1998) started his first think tank -- Redefining Progress -- at the age of 25 with a $15,000 grant. Four years later after growing it into a $2 million institute, he was off to the Kennedy School. From there, Halstead launched a second think tank, the New America Foundation, a $4 million public policy institute with an agenda to introduce new voices and views with a bipartisan tone.