John Bridgeland

Founder & CEO

John Bridgeland is Founder & CEO of Civic, a social enterprise firm in Washington, D.C. He is also Co-Founder and CEO of the COVID Collaborative, a national platform that marshals top leaders and institutions in health, education and the economy to work with state and local leaders to combat COVID.  He is also the Co-Founder of ACT NOW, a ground-up effort to re-envision policing and public safety across 14 communities representing the diversity of the United States.  He is also Vice Chairman of UNITE, a national platform that brings leaders across sectors and political parties together to tackle public challenges.  Bridgeland is Vice Chair of Service Year Alliance at The Aspen Institute to make a service year a common expectation and opportunity for all 18-28 year olds, Co-Convener of GradNation to reach a 90 percent high school graduation rate by 2020, and Vice Chairman of Malaria No More, a nonprofit working to end malaria deaths in Africa.


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.


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Bruce Reed

Founder & CEO

Bruce Reed is co-founder and CEO of Civic, a social enterprise and public policy firm located in Washington, D.C. A domestic policy expert, Bruce Reed served for more than a decade as a top White House policy advisor in both the Clinton and Obama administrations. As President Clinton's chief domestic policy advisor, he oversaw a host of domestic and social policies, including education, crime, welfare reform, youth smoking and gun violence. Reed supervised the landmark 1996 welfare reform law, the 1994 crime bill, and the Clinton education agenda. In the Obama White House, he served as Assistant to the President and Chief of Staff to Vice President Joe Biden, working on economic, fiscal, and tax policy, education, and gun violence. He previously served as executive director of the Bowles-Simpson deficit reduction commission and was the lead author of its report, The Moment of Truth. After leaving the Obama administration, Reed spent two years as the first president of the Eli and Edythe Broad Foundation, where he led nationwide efforts to strengthen public education in urban areas.


Reed is Co-Chair of The Aspen Initiative on the Future of Work with John Bridgeland to upgrade America's engine of opportunity, which released its policy plan of action in 2017. He is also a member of the Aspen Economic Strategy Group and a Senior Fellow at Results for America, working to promote evidence-based policymaking.


The son of a former Idaho state senator, Bruce Reed has a long record of public service. He began his career as chief speechwriter for Senator Al Gore, policy director for Governor Bill Clinton at the Democratic Leadership Council, and deputy campaign manager for policy of the 1992 Clinton-Gore campaign. An accomplished writer, he was a longtime contributor to Slate and the New Republic and co-authored The Plan: Big Ideas for Change in America with Rahm Emanuel. He has a bachelor's degree in English from Princeton University and earned a Master of Philosophy degree in English studies as a Rhodes Scholar at Oxford University.


Matthew Atwell

Senior Research and Policy Analyst

Matthew Atwell has been a member of the Civic team since 2015. He conducts data analysis and research on a diverse set of policy areas, including the education gap, civic health, social mobility, and ocean conservation. He has co-authored numerous nationally syndicated Civic reports, including Building a Grad Nation, Hidden in Plain Sight, Our Opportunity Nation, and the Great American High School Campaign, and was the lead author of Civic Deserts: America’s Civic Health Challenge. Matt is an honors graduate of St. Joseph’s University, where he studied Political Science and Economics. During his undergraduate studies, he attended Katholieke Universiteit Leuven in Belgium, where he also worked for a member of the European Parliament. ​In 2019, Matt received a Master's Degree in Applied Economics from George Washington University.


Ellie Manspile

Operations Director

Ellie Manspile joined the Civic team as an Executive & Research Assistant in 2018. At Civic, she helped create Tennis for America, supports projects such as the annual Building A Grad Nation report and America's New Business Plan, and works on other topics including education, students experiencing homelessness, national service, and entrepreneurship. She also helps manage client contracts, finances, and the Fellow program. Originally from Richmond, Virginia, Ellie graduated from The College of William & Mary summa cum laude as a double major in Government and Marketing with a concentration in Business Analytics. At W&M, Ellie served as a tour guide for the W&M Admissions Office, a marketing intern for Student Engagement and Leadership, and worked in Corporate Communications at the Richmond Federal Reserve. She currently serves on the W&M Washington D.C. Alumni Chapter Board as the Communications Chair.


Fallon Bridgeland

Research Associate

Fallon Bridgeland joined the core Civic team in 2016. She has worked in business operation, development, and project management, as well as in research and policy support. Her project portfolio spans a wide range of issue areas. These projects include ACT NOW, a ground-up effort to re-envision policing and public safety across 14 communities representing the diversity of the United States, to the Aspen High Seas Initiative, bringing the national parks idea to the U.S. Exclusive Economic Zone. Before 2016, she worked as a research fellow for Civic during winter breaks from college. Fallon graduated with high honors from the College of William and Mary, where she studied Psychology and Business Management. At W&M, Fallon held several leadership positions, including President of Reveille A Cappella, and completed an independent study in cognitive psychological research. Fallon lived abroad at Cambridge University in England, where she studied English literature and German studies. She serves as a member of EARTH College’s President’s Youth Advisory Board and is lead singer and songwriter for her band, Far Places.


Molly Dierker

Research Fellow

Originally from Columbus, Ohio, Molly is a rising senior at Kenyon College where she studies Political Science and English. On campus, Molly is involved in many aspects of the Kenyon College community. She is a member of the nationally ranked Kenyon College Women’s Swim & Dive team. Outside of the pool, she serves as a Campus Mediator, a member of the Alumni Leaders of Tomorrow, a student group division of the fundraising office that focuses on donations for the senior fund, and finally, a member of the Women’s Professional Network, a group that forms connections and develops relationships with Kenyon College Alumni. Outside of the classroom, she is an advocate for Alzheimer’s research, both nationally and in her community, raising over $500,000 within the last 5 years. In the summer of 2018, she interned for Senator Rob Portman, where she completed special projects and communicated with constituents. The
following summer, she traveled to an underdeveloped region of Thailand where she taught English to students ranging from Kindergarten-Primary School level. Molly is passionate about helping others and making the world a better place.

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Anna Whitwam

Research Fellow

Originally from Carleton, Michigan, Anna is a rising senior at Central Michigan University. She is expected to graduate in December 2020 with her bachelor's degree in Political Science and International Relations. Outside of her academics, Anna has involved herself with many student organizations during her time in the Central Michigan community. She has served as the Speaker of the House for the CMU Student Government Association for two consecutive terms, the Director of Risk Management for the CMU Panhellenic Community, and as a Democracy Fellow for the Campus Vote Project. In 2018, Anna worked on one of the most targeted state house campaigns in Michigan and in the summer of 2019, she interned for State Representative Matt Koleszar as a legislative intern in the Michigan House of Representatives. Anna hopes to take her experience and passion for government to help others through public service.


Gary R. Edson


Gary Edson is Principal of Civic. He is a White House veteran, non-profit executive, and recognized leader in global development. Condoleezza Rice has called him “one of the best ‘policy engineers’” she has ever known. As Deputy National Security Advisor and Deputy National Economic Advisor to President George W. Bush, Edson established the groundbreaking Millennium Challenge Corporation to fight global poverty; co-led the development of the President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief; co-chaired the Task Force on New York Economic Revitalization after 9/11; and helped launch Volunteers for Prosperity. Earlier in his career, he served as General Counsel to the U.S. Trade Representative. In the non-profit sector, Edson has served as CEO of the Clinton Bush Haiti Fund, helping Haiti “build back better” after the devastating 2010 earthquake, and President of Conservation International. He is Senior Advisor at TOTAL Impact Capital, a merchant bank for impact investment, and an affiliate partner at Lindsay Goldberg LLC, a private equity firm. He was previously Chairman of PAR Systems, Inc, a provider of intelligent robotic systems, and Managing Director at the Albright Stonebridge Group.

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Thanks to progress made from 2001-16, 6.8 million lives have been saved from malaria. But 800 children still die from malaria every day. You can help be part of the effort to end malaria deaths.  Go to: https://www.malarianomore.org.

Gracias a los progresos realizados entre 2001 y 2016, se han salvado 6.8 millones de vidas de la malaria. Pero aún mueren 800 niños de malaria cada día. Usted puede colaborar con la iniciativa para acabar con las muertes por malaria. Visite: https://www.malarianomore.org.

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