Chike Aguh

Former Chief Innovation Officer, U.S. Department of Labor 

Chike Aguh, Advisory Board, is the former Chief Innovation Officer of the U.S. Department of Labor where he led efforts to use data, emerging technology (AI, quantum computing, etc.), and innovative practices to advance and protect American workers. These efforts included creating the department’s first enterprise data strategy, serving a pivotal role in the $2B modernization of the nation’s unemployment insurance system, piloting the nation’s first workforce scorecard, and serving as the DOL’s designee to the National Space Council.

Since leaving the administration, Aguh has recently rejoined the McChrystal Group as a senior advisor where he will support developing high-performing teams through social impact, innovation, and strategy. Earlier, he served as director of strategy and future of work Lead at McChrystal, the business advisory firm founded by Gen. (ret.) Stanley McChrystal. He is also a senior fellow on Workforce at Northeastern University’s Burnes Center for Social Change and senior fellow and EVP at Burning Glass Institute.

Previously, Aguh was founding leader of the Community College Growth Engine Fund, a national multimillion dollar effort supporting 41 community colleges training thousands for good jobs.

He has also worked as an education policy official and teacher in America’s largest school system; Fulbright Scholar in Asia; director of corporate strategy and performance technologies at technology company Education Advisory Board (EAB); CEO of a national nonprofit which helped connect 500,000 low-income Americans in 48 states to affordable internet and digital skills; Harvard Carr Center Human Rights and Technology Fellow; and a member of the Council on Foreign Relations Taskforce on the Future of Work

Aguh holds degrees from Tufts University (B.A.), Harvard Graduate School of Education (Ed.M), Harvard Kennedy School of Government (MPA), and University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School (MBA). He is a life member at the Council on Foreign Relations, Presidential Leadership Scholar; 40 under 40 honoree from Wharton and Washington Business Journal; Wharton commencement speaker, and former member of the Harvard Kennedy School Alumni Board.