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John Bailey - Co-Chair

John Bailey is the Sr. Vice President of Policy for the Foundation for Excellence in Education and Executive Director of Digital Learning Now.  In this role, he manages the organization’s policy strategy, working with public policymakers and advocacy organizations to advance education reform and next generation models of learning.

He previously co-founded Whiteboard Advisors, a strategic consulting practice that provides policy counsel and research for philanthropists, entrepreneurs, and investors.  He also co-published Education Insider, a series of reports based on a unique survey of the top political and policy “insiders” to forecast education reform trends.

Bailey served at the White House as Special Assistant to the President for Domestic Policy during the Bush administration.  He coordinated the Administration’s effort to stabilize student loans during the credit crisis which led to the creation of three temporary programs addressing nearly $200 billion of loans which saved taxpayers over $10 billion.  He also served as one of the lead negotiators with Congress during the reauthorization of the Trade Adjustment Assistance program.

Bailey served as a top technology and innovation advisor to the Secretary of Commerce where he also focused on immigration and healthcare reform. As the nation’s second Director of Educational Technology and Pennsylvania’s first Director of Educational Technology he launched several initiatives to expand online learning and improve the use of technology and data in education.

John has also worked at the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, where he managed a portfolio of national advocacy grants.

John has served as a formal or informal advisor to three Presidential campaigns.  He is a Pahara-Aspen Education Fellow.  He serves on the board of the Data Quality Campaign, the Education Reform Advisory Council for the Bush Center, and the regional board for the social venture philanthropy Indego Africa.



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Executive Director