Senior Advisor, Democratic EngagementFaculty of Arts, Ryerson University
John joins the Faculty of Arts, after leading community based outreach programs for Samara Canada. At Samara, John developed the Democracy Talks and Vote PopUp programs that have been adopted by national and regional community organizations across the country and showcased as an example of programs that work by the Canada’s Chief Electoral Officer in his report to Parliament.
John began his career working for the US Congress where he served as Chief of Staff to a US Congressman and worked on several political campaigns. He has also worked as an educator and served on the board of the organization that successfully campaigned for the first system of public financing for state elections in the United States.
Since immigrating to Canada in 2008, John led the development of national tutoring initiatives for Pathways to Education. He also served as founding board member and chair of Park People.
John earned his BA from Tufts University and MA from John Hopkins School for Advanced International Studies.