Devon Swezey


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Devon is currently pursuing a master's degree in international economics at the Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies. He is currently living in Bologna, Italy where he will complete his first year of studies before returning to Washington DC for the second.

Prior to joining SAIS, Devon served as a Project Director at the Breakthrough Institute from 2009-2012, where he directed the Innovation and the Economy project and worked as an analyst on economic and clean energy policy. He is the lead or co-author of numerous Breakthrough publications and reports, including "Manufacturing Growth: Advanced Manufacturing and the Future of the American Economy," "Where Good Technologies Come From," "Taking on the Three Deficits," and "Rising Tigers, Sleeping Giant." As co-director of Breakthrough Generation in 2010 and 2011, Devon also helped lead the Institute's competitive 10-week fellowship program for early-career policy professionals and graduate students, designing curriculum and research, and training, mentoring, and managing 20 fellows over two summers.

Devon has written widely on economic, manufacturing, and clean energy competitiveness policy.  His shorter writings have appeared in Bloomberg Businessweek,, Huffington Post, Issues in Science and Technology, Devon's writing and analysis has been featured by Time Magazine, the Financial Times, the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, Fortune, and other media outlets. Devon has delivered speeches and presented at various conferences and has delivered invited testimony before the U.S.-China Economic and Security Review Commission. 

Devon received his bachelor's degree in international relations with a minor in economics from Stanford University in 2008.  He is a native of Boulder, Colorado.  Devon can be followed on twitter @devonswezey.