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Please join us in welcoming AEI Visiting Fellow John P. Bailey, who is focusing on finding new ways to reskill individuals who have lost their jobs during times of economic disruption, whether because of normal business cycles, automation, or artificial intelligence. His research on related issues includes rethinking the way people are taught new skills. He is concurrently a fellow at the Walton Family Foundation.
John previously served as special assistant to the president for domestic policy at the White House from 2007 to January 2009, where he worked primarily on education and labor policy issues. Earlier, he worked on economic mobility and other issues in the Departments of Commerce and Education. Before joining AEI, he worked with state policymakers on a wide range of education issues as the vice president of policy for the Foundation for Excellence in Education. John cofounded Whiteboard Advisors, a strategy and consulting firm, and has advised multiple presidential campaigns. He is a member of the Education Reform Advisory Council of the George W. Bush Presidential Center and a board member of the Data Quality Campaign, which focuses on education data.
His writings include book chapters for “Education Savings Accounts” (Rowman & Littlefield, 2017), “Educational Entrepreneurship Today” (Harvard University Press, 2016), and “Private Enterprise and Public Education” (Teachers College Press, 2013).
An alumnus of the Harvard Kennedy School’s Senior Executives in State and Local Government Program, John received his B.A. in international studies from Dickinson College.
Rick Hess, who oversees education policy studies at the American Enterprise Institute, said, “We’re thrilled to add John Bailey to AEI’s deep bench of educational talent. John is a thoughtful, trusted voice who draws on two decades of experience in federal and state education policy — as well as a deep familiarity with technology, philanthropy, and workforce issues — to offer some of the nation’s most incisive guidance on the evolution of education and the needs of a changing workforce.”
Added Ryan Streeter, AEI’s director of domestic policy, “John is a terrific addition to AEI’s Human Dignity project. With his help, we hope to strengthen our team and produce innovative work on technical education. His experiences place him at the unique intersection of new technology and education reform and will introduce fresh ideas into the public debate as policymakers and business leaders increasingly focus on the educational needs of Americans who choose not to get a four-year college degree.”
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