Young Professional, World Bank
MPA, Class of 2011
John Anderson is a 2011 graduate of the MPA program. He concentrated in economics and public policy, focusing on issues relevant to international development, which has been the focus of his career.
John attended Swarthmore College for his bachelor's degree, graduating in 2003 with majors in economics and sociology. He developed his interest in international development while studying abroad in Guatemala, and his first professional experience after college was an internship with BRAC, a rural development organization in Bangladesh. He moved to Washington DC and joined Chemonics International, a contracting firm implementing USAID-funded development projects. He worked on project management in the firm's Latin America region, and then switched into food security analysis; this work led him to a subsequent position with the UN FAO based in Kenya analyzing regional food security issues.
John's long-term interest in economics brought him back to school for a master's degree, and the economic policy focus offered by the Woodrow Wilson School was a perfect fit. He took a combination of economic theory, quantitative analysis, and economic and development policy courses. His summer internship was with Innovations for Poverty Action in Malawi, where he implemented a randomized rural economic research activity.
After graduation, John returned to DC to begin work with the World Bank. He spent two years working on business regulatory analysis, comparing foreign exchange policy relevant for foreign direct investment and designing indicators of agribusiness regulations across economies. In September 2013 he begins the Young Professionals Program, with a first rotation working on private sector development in Latin America. John looks forward to continuing his career with the World Bank, where he can apply his development background and WWS economic policy training to working towards international development goals.