Prior to joining KAC, John was a member of the Kansas House of Representatives for five years where he served as the minority caucus policy chair, the ranking member on the House Committee on Health & Human Services, and the ranking member of the House Committee on Children and Seniors. He started the bipartisan, bicameral Healthy Kansans Caucus, and worked to increase transparency and collaboration within the Legislature.
He spent 11 years with the Alliance for a Healthier Generation—a partnership between the American Heart Association and the William J. Clinton Foundation. During that time, he coordinated strategic partnerships with corporations and celebrities, co-developed a national strategy for increasing physical activity and healthy eating in out-of-school time sites, developed a youth engagement strategy, created the first-ever national Youth Advisory Board focused on eliminating childhood obesity, and designed a youth-focused community organizing curriculum focused on addressing the social and political influencers of health.
He holds a BFA in Design from the University of Kansas. The best parts of his day are when he’s spending time with his wife, Jami, and their two sons, Parker and Henry.