A veteran public affairs and economic-development strategist, John leads S360’s Hawaii operations. He has built relationships and forged partnerships with a broad cross-section of public and private sector leaders in Hawaii, including elected officials, construction industry stakeholders, and the local media.
John joins S360 from the Pacific Resource Partnership (PRP), where he led Hawaii’s largest labor-management cooperative program, representing the interests of the Hawaii Regional Council of Carpenters and approximately 240 contractors.
Under his leadership, PRP successfully partnered with land-owners and developers throughout the state to develop cutting edge grassroots and advocacy campaigns to win state and county regulatory approvals. John also executed an unprecedented multi-million dollar independent expenditure and advocacy campaign that helped elect a pro-rail Honolulu Mayor, Kirk Caldwell, who then saved the city’s planned rail transit system from termination.
Before joining PRP, he served as chief of staff to U.S. Congresswoman Mazie Hirono, who is now one of Hawaii’s U.S. Senators; a legislative aide to former Honolulu Councilmember Duke Bainum; executive director of the Atherton YMCA, and a project manager for a land-use consulting firm.