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John Newsome

Education: MA in Modern Thought & Literature, with a focus on fascism; MBA from Stanford University; B.A. in Spanish Literature, with a focus on colonialism and post-colonialism

Recent projects include: The James Irvine Foundation, Heising-Simons Foundation, New American Leaders, The Bridgespan Group, Emerald Cities Collaborative, MIT CoLab, San Francisco Foundation, Greater Milwaukee Foundation, Espacios Abiertos, Open Society Foundations, Centro Para Una Nueva Economia (CNE)

Personal interests include: Yoga, intermediate cycling, a wine lover; after 20 years of neglect, John is trying to recoup his Spanish fluency.


John Newsome is the founder of Public Equity Group, and has been a strategy and management consultant since 2001, including terms at the Bridgespan Group (management team member) and FSG Social Impact Advisors (project senior advisor).

From 2009-11, John’s consulting work took him in-house at the (renamed) Global Business Coalition on Health, where as Vice President of US Initiatives he led innovative public-private partnerships between multinational companies (e.g., Chevron, L’Oreal, Levi-Strauss, Pfizer, Brinks) and public partners (e.g., the White House, CDC, DC Dept of Health). Likewise, in 2005-06, John’s consulting with the Bridgespan Group led him to the Oakland Public Schools, where he served in the interim chief of staff role. Prior to consulting, John served on the management team of the Center for Third World Organizing, and as Press Secretary to US Rep. Barbara Lee (D-Oakland).

In 2016, John co-founded Fight for a Better America, a federal super PAC that funds data-driven, grassroots, voter engagement campaigns to flip districts from red to blue. Fight’s 2017-18 investments supported work in 7 US Congressional districts. Progressives and moderates won in each of those races. From 2004 to 2009, John led “…And Castro for All”, an intersectional initiative focused on LGBT equality, and racial & economic justice, best known for winning unprecedented city and state racial bias cases/judgments. Subsequently John co-founded “…And Marriage for All”, which mobilized African-American support for marriage equality in CA (per this interview @ UC Berkeley), during which time he co-developed a planning guide for statewide marriage equality campaigns (with Evan Wolfson).

John holds a Spanish fluency certification, a B.A. in Spanish Literature (with a focus on colonialism), an M.A. in Modern Thought & Literature (with a focus on Spanish and German fascism), and an MBA from Stanford University. John is a 1990 National Endowment for the Humanities Fellow and a 2002 Coro Community Fellow.