John is a Senior Associate at the National Center for Family Homelessness. He is also the founder and executive director of Give US Your Poor: The Campaign to End Homelessness based at UMass Boston’s McCormack Graduate School of Policy & Global Studies. He has worked closely with community leaders in Massachusetts and across the United States developing relationships with national homeless organizations; shelter directors and staff; homelessness advocates; nationally known scholars; city, state and federal policy makers, and homeless people.
John was a Senior Research Associate at UMass Boston’s Center for Social Policy for over 10 years, where he led regional technical assistance programs for HUD, long-term evaluations of homeless programs and managed a statewide HMIS in Massachusetts. He was also the co-lead author and researcher on a national evaluation of community-wide best practice homeless prevention programs. John speaks nationally on homelessness issues at conferences and community groups. In 2002, he became an International Eisenhower Fellow and studied homelessness in The Netherlands, Hungary, and Belgium. In 2008-2009 he worked part-time for Interaction Associates focusing intensely on issues of leadership, sustainability, and systems thinking, and in October 2010 is teaching a graduate seminar titled, "An Introduction to Systems Thinking."