John Norris is the Deputy Director for Policy and Strategic Insight at the Gates Foundation with a focus on the emerging trends most likely to impact the foundation’s programs. John has served in a number of senior roles in government, international institutions, and nonprofits. In 2014, John was appointed by President Barack Obama to the President’s Global Development Council, a body charged with advising the administration on effective development practices.
John previously served as a Senior Fellow at the Center for American Progress and the Executive Director of the Enough Project. He was also the chief of political affairs for the United Nations Mission in Nepal. Previously, John served as the Washington chief of staff for the International Crisis Group, and as the director of communications for U.S. Deputy Secretary of State Strobe Talbott. He also worked as a speechwriter and field disaster expert at the U.S. Agency for International Development. John is the author of several books, including a biography of the late journalist Mary McGrory which was a finalist for the LA Times Book Prize.