John starting honing his skills in finance, accounting and management working full time for various companies in the San Diego area while studying finance at San Diego State University. After relocating to the Bay Area in 1996, John has overseen finance and accounting for for-profit and not-for-profit organizations. He has overseen $55m operational and $5m capital expenditure budgets in his career.
John has been making an impact in the Bay Area not for profit sector since 1998. He has held the Director of Finance positions for Fellowship Academy and Oakland School for the Arts. Prior to joining Dream Corps, in 2019, he was the Chief Financial Officer for Youth UpRising.
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Dream Corps: First Step Act Stories
These four stories highlight individuals that have worked hard while inside the prison walls and, with a little support, have quickly gotten back on their feet and are making positive contributions to society now that they are home.
Today, Rep. Alexandria Ocasio Cortez and Senator Ed Markey introduced a resolution that would move the federal government toward a massive mobilization of resources to achieve 100% clean and renewable energy by 2030, a guaranteed living-wage job for anybody who needs one, and a just transition for both workers and frontline communities.
Kelvin Lightner is a #YesWeCode Coding Corps 2017 alum. After attending the University of California, Berkeley and earning undergraduate degrees in legal studies and economics, Kelvin became a consultant at Deloitte.
Opening Doors of Opportunity
Shaped by growing up in Oakland, California during the 1980s — the city’s crack years, she says — Vien Truong has dedicated her career to fundamentally ending poverty.
Adversaries to Allies: The First Step Act
We will work with anybody and against anybody to get people out of prison and improve the justice system. Watch this video about the unlikely alliance of Van Jones and Mark Holden, Koch Industries, on criminal justice reform and their efforts to pass the FIRST STEP Act.
#cut50: First Step Act
#cut50 co-founders Van Jones and Jessica Jackson attended a ceremony at the White House during which President Trump signed the First Step Act into law.