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John is a highly recognized senior government affairs leader and strategist with an impressive track record of delivering results in both the public and private sectors. As Director of Government Affairs at KBS, he advises high-profile clients on policy, legislative, public affairs strategies, and political program development including coalition building, stakeholder outreach, fundraising, diversity initiatives, and priority refinement.
Prior to joining KBS, John spent time in both chambers of Congress, working for Representatives Steve Cohen (Tennessee) and Ben Ray Lujan (New Mexico). While in the Senate, he worked for Senators Claire McCaskill (Missouri) and Chris Van Hollen (Maryland). Throughout his public service, John’s expansive portfolio included work on telecommunications and 5G policy; transportation and supply chain legislation; intellectual property and competition; and high-tech privacy issues.
As lead staffer for transportation, tax, trade, telecommunications, appropriations, and technology in Senator Van Hollen’s office, John had hands-on experience with a variety of complex policy issues that directly impacted the research & development hub in Maryland and throughout the U.S. In addition to advising the Senator on legislation, John successfully organized and collaborated with external stakeholders and grassroots organizations, demonstrating his seasoned understanding of coalition building.
John’s congressional tenure and experience in the consulting and strategic communications space has given him an insider’s perspective of the policy process, an expansive network of contacts on and off the Hill, and extensive practice in strategic planning, research, and advocacy.
As a graduate of the University of Missouri, John earned dual B.A. degrees in Political Science and International Studies with an emphasis in Middle Eastern Studies and a minor in Arabic. John makes his home in Washington, D.C., and enjoys playing tennis, traveling, music concerts and is an avid bookworm.