Conor McKay is a political and policy advisor who has worked in and out of government, in the public, private, and non-profit sectors, at both the federal and local levels. Conor served as the inaugural director of the Future of Work Initiative. Prior to his work at the Aspen Institute, he worked in the Obama Administration as a direct aide to Vice President Joe Biden’s Chief of Staff, Bruce Reed. He also served as Chief of Staff for the bipartisan Simpson-Bowles debt reduction commission, helping to write and develop the report that proposed a common sense, bipartisan blueprint to address the nation’s fiscal challenges. He provided key policy development and data analysis for Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan’s efforts to revitalize basic city services through LEAN process improvement initiatives. He has also worked on budget policy at the non-partisan Committee for a Responsible Federal Budget. His published works include “The Lost Decade,” a white paper analyzing trends in Census data in the early 2000s, as well as policy focused op-eds and blog posts. Conor holds a Masters in Public Policy from the University of Michigan and a Bachelors in English from the College of William and Mary.