Meet the President

John brings almost 25 years of leadership experience at nonprofit organizations across the United States, Latin America and the Caribbean.

“I am inspired by Partners’ 50+ year commitment to building partnerships for economic development, health, global citizenship, and education throughout the United States and Latin America; a region I consider home. I am excited and honored to lead Partners of the Americas and build on the organization’s strong legacy.”

With over two decades of experience in organizational leadership, John is a seasoned expert in partnership building, strategic planning, and stakeholder engagement. He is passionate about community development in Latin America and served as a Peace Corps volunteer in El Salvador. After his service, he remained in the country for a total of over fifteen years, marrying a Salvadoran doctor and raising their three daughters.

John brings significant experience as a country and regional director for international nonprofits including Save the Children, World Vision, and Project Concern International. He has held leadership positions on the Boards of numerous local nonprofits and associations in El Salvador, providing operational and strategic direction. He coordinated or co-coordinated multiple national and regional networks in Central America in health, water & sanitation and agriculture/food security.  John received a BSc in Civil Engineering from MIT and a Master's in Civil Engineering from the University of Illinois / Urbana-Champaign. He is fluent in Spanish and has a working knowledge of French.

John enjoys listening to music, reading, playing volleyball and frisbee, and spending time with his family.