Joanna Mikulski

Fellow, Future of Work & Innovation Economy

Joanna Mikulski is a fellow with New America’s Future of Work and the Innovation Economy Initiative. She is a former White House advisor with over 15 years of strategic leadership experience at the intersection of government, business, and philanthropy.

She most recently served as Senior Policy Advisor for Labor and Higher Education for the White House Domestic Policy Council. She designed and implemented education and workforce development policies and programs to help more students and workers access and succeed in good jobs and careers created by the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law, CHIPS and Science Act, and Inflation Reduction Act. With the Office of Science and Technology Policy, she spearheaded the development of a national plan to expand education and training for biotechnology and biomanufacturing jobs. She collaborated with agency partners to craft investments in evidence-based training partnerships, college retention and completion strategies, and career and technical education programs.

Before DPC, Joanna served as the chief federal policy officer for the national nonprofit America Achieves and led global campaigns to improve maternal and child health and nutrition, advance women's and children's rights, and strengthen democracy. She began her career as a Presidential Management Fellow at the U.S. Department of Labor and budget analyst at the White House Office of Management and Budget.

Joanna's writing has been featured in, The Hill, Stanford Social Innovation Review, and Next City. She has a B.A. in English from the University of Notre Dame and M.P.P. from Georgetown University. She enjoys hiking, playing soccer, and reading novels.