John W. Lettieri is a Cofounder of the Economic Innovation Group (EIG) and serves as its President and Chief Executive Officer. Under John’s leadership, EIG has grown from a startup think tank into one of the premier public policy organizations in the country, with a mission dedicated to forging a more dynamic economy to the benefit of American workers, entrepreneurs, and communities. Since its founding, EIG has been a source for nationally recognized ideas and research on the geography of economic well being, economic dynamism, remote work, distressed communities, immigration, retirement security, population and migration trends, and more.
John’s career in public policy has included time in both the public and private sectors working with a diverse set of policymakers, entrepreneurs, investors, and global business leaders. Prior to founding EIG, John was the Vice President of Public Policy and Government Affairs for a leading business association, where he oversaw the organization’s state and federal policy work on such issues as tax, trade, foreign direct investment, and manufacturing. Prior to that, John was Director of Public and Government Affairs for a global aerospace manufacturer. He previously served as a foreign policy aide to former U.S. Senator Chuck Hagel, who was then a senior member of the United States Senate Foreign Relations Committee.
John is frequently invited to testify before Congress and speak to audiences around the country on issues ranging from immigration reform to labor market competition to entrepreneurship and improving access to economic opportunity for all Americans. His commentary and analysis have been cited in the AP, The Atlantic, Bloomberg, CSPAN, CNBC, Daily Beast, Fast Company, Financial Times, Fox News, The Hill, NPR, New York Times, Tax Notes, Time, USA Today, Vox, Wall Street Journal, Washington Post, Las Vegas Review-Journal, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, San Francisco Chronicle, and others.
John is a graduate of Wake Forest University where he studied Political Science and Global Commerce. He has served in a number of outside leadership positions, including as a member of the Board of Regents at The Fund for American Studies, the Board of Directors for Lincoln Network, and the Board of Directors for Friends of the National Zoo. He was a visiting fellow at the American Enterprise Institute from 2018-2020. He lives with his wife and children in Washington, D.C.