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Policy Advisor for Reform Initiatives

James Pagano | Policy Advisor for Reform Initiatives

James helps to coordinate, organize, and implement, IDOC’s reform efforts. Prior to joining the Department, James served as an Innovation Fellow with the Harvard Kennedy School Government Performance Lab (GPL) where he helped to develop a strategy to improve the employment outcomes of people who completed IDOC’s career and technical education courses. He is a graduate of the MPP program at the Harvard Kennedy School of Government where he focused on analytical methods, election reform, and good government. Prior to earning his MPP, James worked as a Program Officer with Democracy International where he helped to manage and support election and good governance programs funded by the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID). James holds a B.A. in Political Science and International Studies from Dickinson College in Carlisle, Pennsylvania.