John Bailey is a Senior Fellow at the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative and the former vice president of policy and executive director of digital learning now at the Foundation for Excellence in Education. He co-founded Whiteboard Advisors. Bailey specializes in strategic consulting, policy counsel, and philanthropic advisory service. His expertise includes a wide range of issues including education, health care, technology, and telecommunications.
Prior to joining the Foundation for Excellence in Education, Bailey served in a number of positions in the Bush administration working on education, healthcare, innovation, immigration, and labor policy. He most recently served in the White House as part of the president’s Domestic Policy Council, where he was responsible for coordinating education and labor issues.
Bailey has worked on education policy at the state and federal levels, as well as with the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. He was also an ex officio member of the U.S. Department of Education’s Commission on the Future of Higher Education in 2006. As the nation’s second director of educational technology and Pennsylvania’s first director of educational technology, he spearheaded the development of several initiatives to expand online learning and improve the use of technology and data in education. He also led a number of e-Government initiatives.
Bailey’s experience extends to economic policy issues as well, including at the White House, where he coordinated the administration’s successful effort to stabilize student loans during the recent credit crisis. He also served as one of the lead negotiators with Congress during the reauthorization of the Trade Adjustment Assistance program. Bailey served as the deputy policy director to the secretary of commerce 2005–07, where he focused on immigration reform, pandemic preparedness, and healthcare.
In 2009 Bailey was named as one of 25 American Council on Germany “Young Leaders” to participate in an annual conference with German business, finance, and government professionals. He was also selected by eSchool News as one of the 30 most influential leaders in the education technology industry. He is a frequent contributor to the National Journal’s Education Experts blog.