Co-Executive Director of The Whitman Institute
John began working at The Whitman Institute in 1988 as a Research Associate and in 1999 became its Executive Director. In 2004, following the death of TWI’s Founder, Fred Whitman, John led TWI’s transition from an operating to a grantmaking foundation. John serves on the boards of Philanthropy for Active Civic Engagement (PACE), LeaderSpring, Images and Voices of Hope (IVOH) and the Germanacos Foundation. He is also a member of Active Voice’s Advisory Committee. Through 2001-2002, John was the PTA president of Rooftop Alternative K-8 Elementary School in San Francisco. Prior to joining TWI, John directed Crime and the News Media, a pilot project that featured a series of dialogues between Bay Area journalists and proponents of alternatives to incarceration. He received his B.A. in Liberal Arts from the Hutchins School of Interdisciplinary Studies at Sonoma State University and his M.A. in Broadcast Communication Arts from San Francisco State University.