John is a seasoned public affairs and campaign strategist and co-manager of Strategies 360’s Hawaiʻi office. His expertise lies not just in strategy development but also in tangible achievements for clients, ranging from crafting regulatory frameworks that enable new businesses to operate successfully in Hawaiʻi, to orchestrating impactful public relations campaigns for passing key state and county legislation.
Throughout his tenure, John has been instrumental in cultivating robust relationships and partnerships across a diverse spectrum of stakeholders in Hawaiʻi, including key elected officials and local media, as well as influential figures in the construction industry and business community.
Prior to his current role, John was at the helm of the Pacific Resource Partnership (PRP), where he led Hawaiʻi’s most significant labor-management cooperative program. He adeptly represented the Hawaiʻi Regional Council of Carpenters and around 240 contractors, demonstrating his unparalleled ability to navigate complex industry landscapes.
Under his leadership at PRP, John pioneered innovative grassroots and advocacy campaigns, achieving state and county zoning approvals for various landowners and developers across the state. He also masterminded a groundbreaking multi-million-dollar independent expenditure and advocacy campaign, crucial in the election of a pro-rail Honolulu Mayor, Kirk Caldwell. This campaign was pivotal in safeguarding the future of the city’s planned rail transit system.
John’s earlier experiences include serving as chief of staff to U.S. Congresswoman Mazie Hirono, now a U.S. Senator from Hawaiʻi, 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. His journey reflects a profound commitment to advancing strategic public affairs initiatives and economic development, underscoring his role as a visionary leader in the field.