11:00 AM-12:00 PM
The QBI & Gladstone Institute Infectious Disease and Human Health Seminar Series presents John Bridgeland, Founder & CEO of Civic, a social enterprise firm in Washington, D.C. He is also Executive Chairman of the Office of American Possibilities, a 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 a coalition to inspire, educate and 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; and Co- Founder and Executive Chairman of the Partnership for American Democracy to align efforts in democratic renewal around 5 “Sustainable Democracy Goals.”
He is 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. Bridgeland led the White House Summit on American History, Civics and Service, and worked with the National Archives to develop “Our Documents” to promote understanding of 100 important documents in American history. He testified before the National Academy of Sciences on his post-9/11 efforts to increase civic engagement. Bridgeland also served on the Bipartisan Policy Center's Commission on Political Reform, which released its bipartisan blueprint in 2014.
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 of the United States, 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, and Ripon College. In addition, he 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.
*This seminar will be presented in a Q&A fireside chat format. Audience questions can be submitted in advance here.
Talk title: More United: Collaboration in the Time of Covid
Host: Melanie Ott
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