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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

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. John’s PEG clients have included PolicyLink; the Buffett Early Childhood Institute (NE); Espacios Abiertos (Puerto Rico); the Open Society Foundations; the Memphis Public Library system; First and Always Melanin; and the Transgender Law Center, among others.

John has served on the executive and management teams of several organizations, including the Global Business Coalition on Health (Vice President), leading U.S. corporate social responsibility initiatives between multinational companies (e.g., Chevron, L’Oreal, Levi-Strauss, Pfizer) and public partners (e.g., the White House, CDC); the Oakland Public Schools (chief of staff role); the Bridgespan Group; and the Center for Third World Organizing. John also served as Press Secretary and legislative aide to US Rep. Barbara Lee (D-CA) during her first term in Congress.

From 2004 to 2009, John led And Castro for All, a grassroots organization focused on racial and economic justice within the Bay Area LGBT Community. Under John’s leadership, AC4A won unprecedented city and state racial bias cases/judgments, featured in the San Francisco Chronicle, the New York Times, the Los Angeles Times, and elsewhere