John Bridgeland

Senior Fellow


Former Assistant to the President and Director of the White House Domestic Policy Council (G.W. Bush Administration), Member, White House Council for Community Solutions (Obama Administration)

John Bridgeland is the CEO and Co-Founder of Civic, Vice Chair of the Service Year Alliance at The Aspen Institute to make a service year a common expectation and opportunity for all 18-28 year olds, Co-Convenor of GradNation to reach a 90 percent high school graduation rate by 2020, and Vice Chairman of Malaria No More, a nonprofit working to end malaria deaths in Africa by the end of 2015. Previously, Bridgeland was appointed by President Obama to serve on the White House Council for Community Solutions. He also served as Director of the White House Domestic Policy Council, Assistant to the President of the United States, and first Director of the USA Freedom Corps under President George W. Bush. He is a member of the Bipartisan Policy Center’s Commission on Political Reform.

Bridgeland is a graduate of Harvard College and the University of Virginia School of Law and has given commencement addresses at the College of William & Mary, Johns Hopkins University, Saint Anselm College, Hamline University and Ripon College. In addition, he was named a Non-ProfitExecutive of the Year in 2009 for his work in developing the Serve America Act that was signed into law.


The latest from John Bridgeland:

“Why the New Education Law Is a Game-Changer,” Governing, John Bridgeland & Peter Orszag, January 21, 2016 – (printable version)

“Moneyball for dropout prevention,” The Hill, John Bridgeland & Robert Balfanz, May 15, 2015 – (printable version)

“Testimony of John Bridgeland Before the U.S. House Committee on Ways and Means Subcommittee on Human Resources,” John Bridgeland, March 17, 2015 – (printable version)

“Raising the Bar for Student Success,” Roll Call, John Bridgeland & Melody Barnes, August 4, 2014 – (printable version)

“On Being Our Brother’s Keeper,” HuffPost, John Bridgeland & Melody Barnes, March 3, 2014 – (printable version)

“A Moneyball approach to government,” Politico, John Bridgeland & Peter Orszag, October 18, 2013 – (printable version)

Moneyball for Government – A Lesson for Washington, Results for America, John Bridgeland, October 17, 2013 – (video)

“If Congress won’t lead, states will,” Politico, John Bridgeland & Melody Barnes, August 16, 2013 – (printable version)

“Enterprising paths for new economy,” Politico, John Bridgeland & Melody Barnes, March 5, 2013 – (printable version)

“Congress should invest in success,” Politico, John Bridgeland & Melody Barnes, January 9, 2013 – (printable version)