Ian Rowe is an educator, author, and entrepreneur. He is a senior fellow at the American Enterprise Institute, the co-founder of Vertex Partnership Academics, chairman of the board of the nonprofit child adoption service Spence-Chapin, and co-founder of the National Summer School Initiative. Rowe’s writings have been published in the New York Post, the Wall Street Journal, and the Washington Examiner. He has also authored several books, including his most recent book Agency: The Four Point Plan (F.R.E.E.) for ALL Children to Overcome the Victimhood Narrative and Discover Their Pathway to Power.
Rowe has also served as CEO of Public Prep, Deputy Director of Postsecondary Success at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, Senior Vice President of Strategic Partnerships and Public Affairs at MTV, Director of Strategy and Performance Measurement at the USA Freedom Corps office, and co-founder and president of Third Millennium Media.
Rowe earned his MBA from Harvard Business School, where he served as editor-in-chief of the Harvard Business School newspaper. He also holds a B.S. in computer science engineering from Cornell University.
“It strikes me that one building block of agency in young people is that they must believe that they live in a good country, if not a great one; a country that is not hostile to their dreams and that, however flawed, is still full of possibilities that will reward you with great works in return for your great work.”