Biography

James Ruairi MacDonald

James Ruairi MacDonald

Research Associate (GO Lab)

Since May 2018, Ruairi has worked part-time with the Government Outcomes Lab doing a comparative analysis of Social Impact Bonds in the UK and US and writing technical guidance for procurement professionals.

Ruairi is currently pursuing a PhD in Public Policy and Public Administration with a focus on programme evaluation at the George Washington University in Washington, DC. He is qualified as an attorney in New York State and has over a decade of experience negotiating and managing US federal government contracts and subcontracts. He has a master of laws (LLM) degree in government procurement law from the George Washington University and a bachelor of laws (LLB) degree from Queens University Belfast. His master's degree included placement at the US Congress House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, where he focused on implementation of the Digital Accountability and Transparency Act of 2014 (DATA Act). He has previously worked for the Open Contracting Partnership to promote the use of the Open Contracting Data Standard (OCDS). Ruairi was a participant on the prestigious Washington Ireland Program and was an intern with Congressman (now Senator) Edward Markey. Ruairi is originally from Belfast, Northern Ireland, and travels there often.