Senior Director, Major Gifts & Planned Giving
Through his work as an intern in the Peace Corps in 1962, John was introduced to the Kennedy/Shriver families. He subsequently worked for President John F. Kennedy as his messenger, worked in the office of Mrs. John F. Kennedy and in the offices and campaigns of Senators Robert and Ted Kennedy. We worked with Anthony Shriver as Best Buddies was forming at Georgetown University in 1987 and subsequently helped with its expansion. In the early 1990s he served on the Board of Directors and as Vice President of Development. After working as Director of Development at the Smithsonian Institution’s National Air and Space Museum and the National Museum of the American Indian, he returned to Best Buddies to expand its fundraising efforts. He currently is responsible for working with David Quilleon and Anthony Shriver on major gifts through the Momentum Campaign, with Mark Lewis and the ride team on sponsorships for the Best Buddies Challenge – Hyannis Port, with Alex Hernandez-Dessauer on international development, is liaison to the Board of Directors and is working to establish a Best Buddies Alumni Association. John attended the Edmund A. Walsh School of Foreign Service at Georgetown University majoring in International Affairs.