John is a facilitator, trainer, and consultant working primarily with school districts and public organizations on issues of cultural competency, diversity, conflict, civil rights, intercultural communication, leadership and change. He is also an adjunct faculty member at the University of Oregon, Lewis and Clark College, and Pacific University teaching graduate courses on diversity and cultural competency. He has worked closely with Stir Fry Seminars for several years facilitating workshops and in the development of training materials. He recently left the Oregon Department of Education, where he worked for 15 years and served as the Leader of the Access and Equity Team, to devote his time to teaching, training and mindful facilitation.
John grew up in Seattle, Washington and has lived in California where he went to undergraduate school, New York where he worked in the garment district, and Boston where he attended graduate school and taught head start in the Columbia Point Housing Project. John currently lives on the Santiam River outside of Jefferson, Oregon.