“Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere. We are caught in an inescapable network of mutuality, tied in a single garment of destiny. Whatever affects one directly, affects all indirectly.” — Martin Luther King Jr.
As a program officer for the Foundation, John supports organizations that pursue racial, social, and economic justice. He strives to listen deeply and demonstrate trust in this work.
A citizen of the White Earth Ojibwe Nation, John was initially drawn to work at the Foundation due to its long-standing commitment to Indian Country and communities of color. He previously worked on the Bush Foundation’s Native Nations Team as a program associate, supporting tribal nations and Indigenous leaders as they reimagined their governing systems. John also spent time in Washington, DC, as a legislative aide to Kent Conrad, former US senator from North Dakota.
John earned his undergraduate degree from North Dakota State University and a master’s degree from the Humphrey School of Public Affairs at the University Minnesota. Outside of work, he enjoys the great outdoors, music, cooking, and writing. He and his wife live in St. Paul, MN.