John came to NEO after working at the nonprofit law firm Halfon & Boehm. John has an extensive background in the nonprofit sector, where he has directed organizations and served in numerous board positions. He has also led an international environmental consultancy that has provided management, strategic planning, advocacy, and communications services in over 40 countries, advising the United Nations, ministries, legislators, nonprofits, foundations, universities and businesses. John is a past Executive Director of Rainforest Foundation-USA; Director of Public and Intergovernmental Affairs of the New York City Department of Environmental Protection; Chief Legislative Assistant to U.S. Rep. George Miller; issues director of two U.S. Senate campaigns, litigation attorney with the New York law firm, Battle Fowler; and law clerk to Justice Robert L. Clifford of the Supreme Court of New Jersey. He is currently President of the Board of Directors of the International Pernambuco Conservation Initiative – USA, an adviser to the International Alliance of Violin and Bow Makers for Endangered Species, and a member of the Board of Directors of Urban Wood Economy. John graduated from Wesleyan University, with a major in English Literature, and Rutgers Law School.


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