John Floretta is Director of Policy and Communications for J-PAL. He works with policymakers, J-PAL affiliated researchers, and J-PAL global and regional staff to disseminate lessons from randomized evaluations and promote evidence informed decision-making and scale-ups of successful social programs.
John was Deputy Director of J-PAL South Asia during 2011-2015 where he helped run J-PAL’s largest regional office. His work in India focused on disseminating policy lessons and scaling up evidence-backed interventions. He was also involved with building monitoring and evaluation capacity of government and civil society partners, including the establishment of the South Asia Center for Learning on Evaluation and Results (CLEAR), a World Bank coordinated initiative.
His career has centered on international development program management and analysis. He worked with the United Nations Development Program and United Nations World Food Program in China for five years and led evaluation and organizational learning assignments with Nike Foundation and Mercy Corps. John speaks Mandarin and has lived and worked in Asia for over 12 years. He holds a master of arts in law and diplomacy from the Fletcher School at Tufts University with concentrations in development economics and human security.