John Irons leads the foundation’s Future of Work team, supporting US and global efforts to create economic opportunities and ensure that prosperity is widely shared regardless of race, gender, ethnicity, or caste. Before joining Ford in 2016, John was managing director of Global Markets at the Rockefeller Foundation, leading initiatives in the US with a focus on employment and advising teams globally. Prior to that, he held positions at the Economic Policy Institute, the Center for American Progress, OMB Watch, and was a tenure-track assistant professor of economics at Amherst College.
John has published numerous reports and articles on a range of economic topics, including tax and budget policy, labor markets, and macroeconomic policy. He has served on the Committee on Electronic Publishing of the American Economic Association and on the boards of numerous nonprofit institutions, including the Coalition on Human Needs and the National Economists Club in Washington, DC.
The recipient of a National Science Foundation Graduate Fellowship and a graduate Fellowship from the Harvard/MIT Research Training Group in Positive Political Economy, John holds a doctorate in economics from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and a bachelor’s degree in economics from Swarthmore College.