John co-founded and managed several businesses in the renewable energy and sustainability
field. His companies built over $1.5 billion in renewable energy infrastructure that
annually displaces the equivalent CO2 of over 100,000 cars. Prior to being an environmental
entrepreneur, John worked with Bain & Company, a strategic management consulting firm.
In the 1990’s John was California’s Deputy Secretary for Transportation overseeing
Caltrans, Highway Patrol/State Police, and parts of the DMV. In that role, John helped
manage the rapid rebuilding of Southern California’s freeways after the 1994 Northridge
Earthquake, served on the Bay Conservation and Development Commission, and was Director
of the Executive Fellows Program.
John was the Governor's Higher Education Advisor providing analysis on legislative
and budget matters related to UC, CSU, and community colleges. He began government
service as an Assembly Fellow. John was the student body president and Student Trustee
for San Joaquin Delta Community College District.
In 2020, John was elected to represent Area 5 (including Redwood City, East Palo Alto,
North Fair Oaks, and Menlo Park) on the San Mateo County Community College District
Board of Trustees. Currently, John serves on the boards of the Redwood City Police
Activities League, the Ravenswood Education Foundation, the Delta College Foundation,
and the Ravenswood Little League. John is also on the City of Menlo Park's Housing
Commission and he serves as an alternate on the San Mateo County Democratic Central
He has been a mentor at Menlo-Atherton High School, a parent representative at the
Castilleja School, a volunteer at Encinal Elementary School, a Big Brother, and a
youth sports coach in Menlo Park and East Palo Alto.
A first-generation college student, John graduated from Harvard Business School, University
of California, Berkeley, and San Joaquin Delta Community College. He lives in Menlo
Park with his wife of 20 years and 3 children.