John is a part time PhD student originally from Staten Island, NY. He holds an MPA and BA from Villanova University, an MA in Security Studies (Homeland Defense & Security) from the Naval Postgraduate School, and is a certified Project Management Professional (PMP). John is currently the Product Management Director at Information Logistics, Inc., a small technology firm in New Jersey. Previously, John was a Deputy Managing Director with the City of Philadelphia, where he helped develop and oversee the PhillyRising Collaborative. PhillyRising is a neighborhood revitalization strategy that targets areas of Philadelphia that are plagued by chronic crime and quality of life concerns, and establishes partnerships with community members to improve self-efficacy and ultimately build stronger communities. Before joining the City of Philadelphia, John spent several years working for the township manager in Tredyffrin Township (Chester County, PA). John is a veteran of the United States Marine Corps (Staff Sergeant), and served one tour in Operation Iraqi Freedom.