Board Chair John Bailey

Advisor Walton Family Foundation

John works with leading entrepreneurs, investors, and policymakers from across the political spectrum to navigate emerging issues presented by globalization and disruptive technologies.

John is a Walton Family Foundation Advisor. He is also a visiting Fellow at AEI where he works 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. He is also working with state and city policymakers, investors, and philanthropists around the implementation of Opportunity Zones and Opportunity Funds.

He previously served as a domestic policy advisor in the White House, Deputy Policy Director to the U.S. Secretary of Commerce, and Director of Educational Technology at the U.S. Department of Education. He co-founded the strategic advisory firm Whiteboard Advisors, served as a senior program officer at the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, and most recently was the VP of Policy for Governor Jeb Bush’s Foundation for Excellence in Education.

John serves on advisory boards for the Aspen Institute’s Future of Work, Center for Democracy and Technology, and the Bush Institute. He is on the board of directors for the Data Quality Campaign and previously served on the DC board for the social innovation fund Indego Africa. He co-chaired the Aspen Institute’s Task Force on Connected Learning and was a member of the U.S. Department of Education’s Higher Education Commission.  He is an alumnus of the American Council on Germany Young Leaders Program, a Pahara-Aspen Fellow, and a member of the Aspen Global Leadership Network.