John has successfully led more than 100 public affairs, communications, and outreach campaigns over the last 20 years. As a chief strategist at BMWL and Partners, he has directed hard fought victories for a wide range of clients in land use, healthcare, transportation, gaming, public infrastructure, and education.
Known for managing programs with discipline and focus, John employs a variety of skills garnered from years of issue and political campaigns throughout the country. He is well regarded for using high impact techniques that move people to take action and help his clients win. John has been very successful in helping business, labor, and non-profits achieve their government relations goals and has one of the best win records in the state. Through his work, John has developed relationships with key leaders in local, regional, state, and national government.
Prior to co-founding BMWL and Partners, John founded Whitehurst Campaigns in 1990 after working in several capacities in political consulting. His first professional political campaign was Gary Hart for President in 1984 where he learned to organize in Iowa, Pennsylvania and California. John holds a Bachelors degree in political science from American University.
He lives with his wife and daughter in Oakland, California. John loves all things Italian — from traveling to Italy to enjoying Italian food and wine.
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