John came to social change work because he’s a total language nerd and went to Georgetown University to study Spanish and Latin American Studies. “After witnessing the devastating impacts of corporate abuse by transnational mining corporations and U.S. imperialism in the Latin America region, I was furious, but I was also inspired by international campaigns to curb abuses and advance sustainable, community-led alternatives,” he says.
This inspiration led John to Corporate Accountability as an organizer on the water campaign in 2009. Today, John is still rooted in the organization’s campaign work while he oversees Corporate Accountability’s major gifts program, mobilizing people and resources to power our work. He is a passionate donor organizer and believes strongly in wealth redistribution as core to social change. He also has nearly ten years of campaign organizing experience working with government officials, U.N. representatives, NGOs, and activists across the world on issues like challenging water privatization and commodification, climate justice, and U.N. treaties on human rights and public health.
Fun fact: John is a passionate storyteller, taking a page from the brilliant women in his family. His older sister, Nicole Stewart, started a Dallas-based storytelling show called Oral Fixation and his younger sister, Sasha Stewart, is a comedy writer who’s worked for famous comedians like Larry Wilmore.
John speaks Spanish and English.