As California Executive Director, John brings to Generation Citizen personal and career experiences devoted to public service, civil rights and education. A native of San Francisco, he was one of the first student members of the San Francisco Board of Education as a senior at Lowell High School. When then-Mayor Dianne Feinstein appointed him to the San Francisco Citizens Advisory Committee on Elections in 1980, he was the second-youngest mayoral appointee in San Francisco history.
In his Washington D.C. public service, he was counsel to the U.S. Senate Judiciary Subcommittee on the Constitution. During the Clinton Administration he was Deputy Assistant Attorney General for Legislative Affairs and headed the office on immigrant workplace rights. In the Obama Administration, he was HUD Assistant Secretary for Fair Housing & Equal Opportunity.
His record in civil rights includes serving as president and general counsel of the Mexican American Legal Defense & Educational Fund (MALDEF), leading the Discrimination Research Center in Berkeley and directing the western regional office of the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights. As an educator, he was Dean of the University of San Francisco School of Law and has mentored many students and young professionals.
John is thrilled to join Generation Citizen to promote action civics for the next generation of leaders and elevate the principles of diversity and inclusion throughout the State of California.