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Walton Fellows Program

About the Walton Fellows Program

The Walton Fellows Program is term-limited, with up to one year in residence. Fellows are responsible for internal and external thought leadership and will conduct research and/or build/improve processes on behalf of the programs of the foundation. This program does not accept unsolicited applications.

Ross DeVol
Walton Fellow

Ross DeVol is a Walton Fellow, focusing on research on policies related to economic vitality of Northwest Arkansas and the American heartland. 

Ross is the former chief research officer at the Milken Institute, where he was responsible for overseeing research on international, national and subnational growth performance; access to capital and its role in economic growth and job creation; and health-related topics. While at the Institute, he put his group in the national limelight with groundbreaking research on innovation and its economic impact as well as the economic and human consequences of chronic disease.

He previously served as senior vice president of IHS Global Insight Inc., director of economic planning at CSX, economist at Chase Econometrics and economic analyst at Union Pacific. He is an appointee to California Treasurer John Chiang's Counsel of Economic Advisors, as well as former appointee California State Controller's Council of Economic Advisors and past president of the Los Angeles chapter of the National Association for Business Economics. He was ranked among the “Superstars of Think Tank Scholars” by International Economy magazine.

A graduate of Ohio University, Ross holds a master’s degree in economics.