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John Bridgeland

Co-Chair & CEO, More Perfect; Executive Chairman, Office of American Possibilities; Former Director, White House Domestic Policy Council

John Bridgeland

Co-Chair & CEO, More Perfect; Executive Chairman, Office of American Possibilities; Former Director, White House Domestic Policy Council
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John Bridgeland is Executive Chairman of the Office of American Possibilities, a civic moonshot factory to tap the entrepreneurial talent of Americans to solve public challenges together across divides. In that capacity, he is Co-Founder and CEO of the COVID Collaborative, a national platform to combat COVID-19; Co-Chairman of Welcome.US to engage Americans in supporting the resettlement of Afghan, Ukrainian and other refugees; Co-Founder of ACT NOW, a ground-up effort to re-envision community safety and policing; Co-Founder and Executive Chairman of More Perfect, a national initiative to align efforts in democratic renewal around 5 “Sustainable Democracy Goals;” and Co-Founder and Co-Chairman of Dignity.us: A Citizens’ Initiative to Address Hate-Fueled Violence in America launched at the White House United We Stand Summit.

He is also Co-Founder and Vice Chairman of the Service Year Alliance, an initiative to create a civilian national service counterpart to military service in the United States; Co-Founder and Vice Chairman of Malaria No More to end malaria deaths in Africa; and Co-Convener of the Grad Nation campaign to address the high school dropout crisis.  

Previously, Bridgeland was appointed by President Obama to serve on the White House Council for Community Solutions. He also served as Director of the White House Domestic Policy Council, Assistant to the President, and first Director of the USA Freedom Corps after 9/11 under President George W. Bush. He is a graduate of Harvard College and the University of Virginia School of Law and has given commencement addresses at the College of William & Mary, Johns Hopkins University, Saint Anselm College, Averett University, Hamline University, Ripon College, Westwood College, and Artist Corps. In addition, he played tennis on the Harvard Varsity Team and founded Tennis for America in 2020 with the Intercollegiate Tennis Association, which awarded him their “Lifetime Achievement Award,” presented by Wimbledon Champion Stan Smith.  He is the author of the book, Heart of the Nation: Volunteering and America’s Civic Spirit.

Activity

Bridging Divides with the Change Collective

Former Obama and Bush White House Domestic Policy Council Directors discussed bridging divides to solve big challenges with Field Foundation CEO Daniel Ash and members of the Change Collective

Let’s put service at the center of national renewal

Co-Authored by More Perfect CEO John Bridgeland and Utah Gov. Spencer Cox

Let’s make ‘citizen’ a verb

Americans crave something different from our national leaders than a politics of division.

More Perfect’s John Bridgeland Mobilizes Public Media

As America approaches its 250th anniversary, the CPB Public Media Thought Leader Forum brought innovators and public media leaders together to discuss strengthening our democracy and civil society.

More Perfect Leadership Series: Judy Guskin

Judy Guskin, affectionately known as the "Mother of the Peace Corps," talks with More Perfect CEO John Bridgeland about efforts to reignite national service across America to strengthen democracy.

Will America Embrace National Service?

A report examining the case for national service, highlighting the various ways in which that service could unfold, and concluding that large-scale national service is needed in America now.

Just like the Great Depression, we need 500,000 service year jobs now

We should enact an Emergency Service to Nation Jobs effort to engage 500,000 young people in a year of service to put them to work and meet the nation’s pressing needs.

What a call to service could look like during a pandemic

We have heard presidents calling on the American people to give back to their country. Today, the U.S. faces a crisis unlike any in living memory: a global pandemic that is changing how we live..

A Fresh Start: Let's Heal America's Divisions Before Her 250th Birthday

How often do nations have a chance for a fresh start? Rarely. These moments tend to come after wars or disasters – and determine the path nations take in the decades that follow.
Events
May 24, 2023

Reagan Institute Summit on Education

More Perfect CEO John Bridgeland and DG Leaders Eric Liu, Louise Dube, and Yuval Levin joined the Ronald Reagan Institutes Summit on Education (RISE) 2023 for the discussion, Civic Education: The Cornerstone of a Free and Democratic Society
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October 21, 2022

Sustainable Democracy Goals: Launching a Roadmap for Impact by 2026

Working to galvanize energy, resources and action around achieving measurable progress on five Sustainable Democracy Goals.
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