John’s experience spans government, philanthropy, and venture capital, focusing on a wide variety of issues such as innovation policy, immigration, education, and the future of work. He currently serves as a fellow at the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative and a non-resident senior fellow at the American Enterprise Institute, in addition to advising numerous philanthropies and venture investors.

As a domestic policy advisor in the White House, John coordinated the Bush Administration’s efforts during the credit crisis to stabilize $200 billion in student loans and served as a negotiator for the reauthorization of the Trade Adjustment Assistance program.  As Deputy Policy Director to the U.S. Secretary of Commerce, he contributed to the development of the first National Pandemic Strategy and the President’s immigration reform package. As the nation’s second Director of Educational Technology at the U.S. Department of Education, John co-chaired the interagency Advanced Education Technology Initiative, which emphasized the research and development of cutting-edge technologies in education and training. While working for Pennsylvania Governor Tom Ridge, John spearheaded several technology and education initiatives, including a statewide broadband mapping project.

John co-founded Whiteboard Advisors, a strategic advisory firm, was a senior program officer at the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and served as the Vice President of Policy for Governor Jeb Bush’s Foundation for Excellence in Education.

John is a fellow and moderator in the Aspen Global Leadership Network and an alumnus of the American Council on Germany Young Leaders Program. In 2022, the Washingtonian named him as one of Washington’s Most Influential People in policy. He currently serves on the board of directors for Zearn Math and advisory boards for Pope Francis’ Scholars Initiative, the Tech Talent Project, the Covid Collaborative, and the Bush Institute. He has also served as an advisor to four presidential campaigns.

For the last year, John has helped beta test new emerging AI systems and worked with the sector to develop policy frameworks. He is also an advisor to Trustible.AI, an AI Governance management platform and has written extensively about the opportunities and risks presented by AI.

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