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 Founder & CEO of Civic, a social enterprise firm in Washington, D.C. He is also Co-Founder and CEO of the COVID Collaborative, a national platform that marshals top leaders and institutions in health, education and the economy to work with state and local leaders to combat COVID.  He is also the Co-Founder of ACT NOW, a ground-up effort to re-envision policing and public safety across 14 communities representing the diversity of the United States.  He is also Vice Chairman of UNITE, a national platform that brings leaders across sectors and political parties together to tackle public challenges.  Bridgeland is Vice Chair of Service Year Alliance at The Aspen Institute to make a service year a common expectation and opportunity for all 18-28 year olds, Co-Convener 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.

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 after 9/11 under President George W. Bush. He 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, Averett University, Hamline University, and Ripon College. In addition, he founded Tennis for America in 2020 with the Intercollegiate Tennis Association, which awarded him their “Lifetime Achievement Award,” presented by Wimbledon Champion Stan Smith.


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)