John is the founder of a new, boutique consulting firm for social change organizations. John’s clients to date include LEAD, a collaboration between Yale and Harvard faculty to forge a new governance capacity building Institute in Africa; the Global Business Coalition on HIV/AIDS, Tuberculosis, and Malaria (GBC); Net Impact; Summer Search; the Mitchell Kapor Foundation; Glide Memorial Church; and FSG Social Impact Advisors, a global consulting and CSR firm.
From 2009-2011, John left consulting to serve as a Vice President at GBC, designing and then leading high-profile U.S. corporate social responsibility initiatives. While at GBC, John worked closely with CEOs, VPs, and other senior executives at multi-national companies (e.g., the Brink’s Company, the Chevron Corporation, L’Oreal, Levi-Strauss & Co., Pfizer Inc., Walgreens) and with public partners (e.g., the CDC, the White House, the United Nations/UNESCO, municipal health departments), managing ~10 public-private partnerships, and representing the Coalition on Capitol Hill and elsewhere. John’s GBC work is featured in The Economist, The Washington Post, Reuters, and elsewhere.
Between 1994 and 2006, John served on the executive and management teams of several organizations including the Oakland Public Schools (Executive Officer/chief of staff function) and the Bridgespan Group. John also served as Press Secretary and legislative aide to US Congresswoman Barbara Lee (D-Oakland) during her first term in office, and in 2000 and 2004 served as a media coordinator at the Democratic National Convention. John also has served on several boards of directors, and recently completed his sixth and final year on the National Advisory Board of the Haas Center for Public Service at Stanford University.
John‘s opinion pieces have been published in the SF Chronicle, NY Newsday, the Baltimore Sun, and elsewhere. John also has written case studies about African corporate and government responses to HIV/AIDS, published by Stanford Business School (available through Harvard Business Publishing at harvardbusiness.org). John is a 1990 National Endowment for the Humanities Fellow and holds a Spanish fluency certification, a BA (Spanish Literature), an MA (Modern Thought & Literature), and an MBA from Stanford University.
During the fall of 2008, John was an “Alumni Guest Fellow” for the GSB’s Leadership Labs course for 1 st year MBA students, and remains actively involved in related GSB programs.