Aaron Bartnick has spent the last five years addressing issues of political and economic agency in the United States and around the world. Prior to arriving at Oxford, Aaron served as a fellow at the American University of Iraq in Sulaimani, where he led several initiatives to improve Iraq’s entrepreneurial ecosystem including the development of the Kurdistan Region’s first university-based start-up incubator.
Aaron previously served as Chief Operating Officer of The OpenGov Foundation, a DC-based non-profit working to bring private sector technology and innovation to public institutions. While at OpenGov, he led partnerships with the US House of Representatives and City of Chicago while doubling the size of the organisation. Prior to joining OpenGov, Aaron served as Deputy Campaign Manager and senior advisor to now-Congressman Seth Moulton, helping him overcome a 53-point deficit to win Massachusetts’ first primary challenge in 22 years. Aaron began his political career as a field organiser on President Obama’s re-election campaign in the swing state of Virginia.
Aaron holds an AB with honours in History and Political Science from Brown University. Originally from Chester, New York, he has lived and worked in 14 countries across the Americas, Europe, the Middle East, and Southeast Asia.