John has spent the past 50+ years helping enable people to survive and thrive and advocating for, and working in a variety of business, non-profit and community settings.
Most recently, John and his wife, Barbara, co-founded MycoMesh, which is the subject of this website. MycoMesh helps businesses, non-profits, community groups and individuals "roll up their sleeves" to create the innovative, sustainable, bio-inspired MycoPLACES ECOSYSTEMTM .
Over the past five decades, John has worked in an array of business and social structures. He has spent more than 50 years working directly with leaders at various levels in for-profit, not-for-profit companies, and community groups to resolve critical people, strategy, process and technology issues.
The following is a sampling of the diversity of settings in which John has had the pleasure of serving:
Professional Advisors, a privately-run consulting group, San Diego
For more than 20 years, Professional Advisors, and its predecessor, provided a unique, crossover perspective (from the fields of technology, business management, and human relations) to small and medium sized businesses. John and his colleagues work focused on conflict resolution, team-building, partner-Board-owner coaching, business /non-profit strategy, organization turn-around and restructuring, MBTI counseling (qualified and certified, 35+ years experience), project and process design, and technology assessment and design.
Partners for Innovative Community, Inc. (Partners) a 501(c)3 non-profit organization, San Diego
Partners focused on helping groups produce truly innovative and sustainable communities by bringing together people from Arts, Technology and Environment/Ecology. One of Partners first on-the-ground initiatives was the Arts Technology & Environment (ATE) District in Oceanside, California which the City Council approved as part of the City's broader Coast Highway Vision. Partners also co-sponsored the 78Collaborative---a large scale, private-public sector collaboration involving the people and institutions along the 17 mile Highway 78/Sprinter corridor.
[In late 2014, John recommended that the leadership of Partners be transferred to a team that proposed to dramatically expand the non-profit's efforts and funding. John and his colleagues on Partners' Board added two outstanding women leaders, including internationally-recognized, Naila Chowdhury. The newly named non-profit, Alliance4Empowerment, is now aggressively carrying on the non-profit's core mission and John encourages everyone to consider supporting Alliance's important work. This change freed John to turn his full attention to forming the social purpose corporation, Mycologies SPC and, now, the current organization that is the subject of this website, MycoMesh.]
Arts Commission, Oceanside, CA
John was appointed by the Mayor to serve on Oceanside's Arts Commission and was elected Chair in 2006. He left the Commission in March 2008 to work on arts and community advocacy projects directly within the community. While on the Commission, John designed and led the successful effort to create a comprehensive Arts Strategy and Workplan to weave Arts into all aspects of the fabric of the city (private and public sector) and to establish an Arts Overlay policy (which was adopted unanimously by the City Council).
Pepperdine University School of Law, Los Angeles
Designed, developed and taught innovative courses on negotiation and legal practice management, including how to successfully start up small, team-based law firms. John introduced MBTI as well as other counseling tools as a core component of the curriculum. He taught these courses at various times over a period of years.
National Legal Services Corporation (LSC), Washington DC
John was brought in to reconstitute the nationwide management development and training program which had been struggling. He restructured the department into a very successful in-house training and consulting group that was responsible for designing and providing training to some 3,000 legal services' managers nationwide, and for assisting local non-profit law firms in solving serious management and organizational problems.
He returned to California in 1980 after the Presidential election and efforts by the new Administration to shut down LSC's training national training program. Before the shutdown could be completed, John co-authored, and his group successfully distributed, a 300+ page MBTI training book designed to help legal services programs and others continue to thrive. [Déjà Vu: We have come full circle from 1980 where, in 2017, LSC is once again threatened with complete shutdown by the new Adminstration.]
Legal Aid of Orange County, California
John was recruited to “turn around” a failing organization; rebuilding the firm into one of the larger and more successful legal service programs in the country, with five local community offices. John developed a number of innovative community services and successfully built broad community support for what is often a very controversial service---resulting in what was believed to be the largest private funding of a legal services program by a county Bar Association, and the highest level of local http://www.economist.com/news/books-and-arts/21717801-only-catastrophe-truly-reduces-inequality-according-historical-survey-lessons funding by a County government in the country.
In 1976, John received the highest honor of the Orange County Bar Association, the Franklin G West Award, for "lifetime achievements (that) have advanced justice and the law," and, three years later, he was recruited by the National Legal Services Corporation to head its national Management Training and Development department (based in Washington, D.C.).
Aerospace Companies, Los Angeles (private industry); County of Orange (government); and xxCohen, Stokke and Owens (private law firm)
Over a period of some 14 years, John held various professional positions in aerospace, in county government and in a private law firm and worked extensively throughout this period on various community advocacy projects.