Solving problems that otherwise feel unsolvable. Ask John what drives his passion for social change, and that’s what he’ll tell you. As founder, he’s been showing up every day since 1993, dedicated to collaborating with the people of Pyramid and giving voice to good causes. From creating public policy on Alaska subsistence, to working to end childhood obesity, to sustaining arts education in the heart of Seattle, John’s experience ranges widely, and runs deep. With an extensive background in strategic communications, public affairs, and politics, and deep roots in the community, John understands what it takes to build a movement. He brings people together and connects the dots that others don’t see—with a smile and a sense of humor. His days and nights are interwoven with enjoying time with his son, gardening, biking, playing squash, and serving on the boards for Ploughshares Fund and Capitol Hill Housing Foundation. John holds a bachelor’s degree in Russian and East European studies from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Raised in a family that pulled him out of school for civil rights and spent nights licking envelopes, John could sing “We Shall Overcome” before he knew “Twinkle Twinkle Little Star.”