John Bridgeland

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John Bridgeland
Director of the Domestic Policy Council
In office
January 20, 2001 – January 30, 2002
President George W. Bush
Preceded by Bruce Reed
Succeeded by Margaret Spellings
Personal details
Born (1960-05-01) May 1, 1960 (age 56)
Political party Republican
Spouse(s) Maureen Bridgeland
Education Harvard University (BA)
University of Virginia (JD)

John M. Bridgeland (born May 1, 1960) is President and CEO of Civic Enterprises, a public policy firm in Washington, D.C. [1] and vice-Chair of Malaria No More,[2] a non-profit launched at the White House Summit on Malaria[3] that is creating a grassroots, global movement to engage the private and non-profit sectors in helping to end malaria in sub-Saharan Africa. As well, his research on America’s "Silent Epidemic" which discusses the nation's high school drop-out crisis, has gained momentum in bringing national attention to the issue, while advocating solutions and alternatives to remedy the problem as a way to ensure equal education for America’s youth.[4] The report prompted the TIME cover story, Dropout Nation, and two Oprah Winfrey shows on the topic. Bridgeland also led the National Summit on America's Silent Epidemic with the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, the National Governors Association, TIME Magazine and MTV that prompted action at the federal, state and local levels around a 10-point plan of action to increase graduation rates and college and workforce readiness.

Previously, Bridgeland served in the following positions: Assistant to the President under George W. Bush and Director of the USA Freedom Corps;[5] Director, White House Domestic Policy Council;[6] and Chief of Staff & Special Counsel, U.S. Congressman Rob Portman.[1] He served as a Teaching Fellow at Harvard's Kennedy School of Government, where he offered a seminar on presidential decision making.[7]

He currently serves as a board member on the Public Advisory Board at the New Hampshire Institute of Politics at Saint Anselm College.[8]

In his work overseeing more than $1 billion in domestic and international service programs in the aftermath of September 11, 2001, former Senator Harris Wofford described him as “one of the most impressive people I've seen in public life in recent times”.[9]

Prior to working in the White House and the United States Congress, Bridgeland practiced law in the New York City and Paris, France offices of Davis Polk & Wardwell.[1]

Bridgeland is a graduate of Harvard University and the University of Virginia School of Law.[10]

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Political offices
Preceded by
Bruce Reed
Director of the Domestic Policy Council
Succeeded by
Margaret Spellings