John has more than 25 years of government and lobbying experience at the federal, state, and local levels. John has spent the past 18 years as a contract lobbyist representing private companies, public agencies and non-profits at the City and County of Los Angeles. He has consistently ranked as one of Los Angeles’ top-ranked lobbyists for the last decade.
John served as an aide to Congressman Glenn M. Anderson during the Congressman’s tenure as Chairman of the Public Works and Transportation Committee. John later served as the Federal Representative for the Southern California Rapid Transit District (RTD), the largest Mass Transit Agency in the United States, where he managed the federal legislative program. While at the RTD, he was responsible for securing funding for the MTA Gateway Center, which now houses the MTA headquarters. He also secured funding for RTD’s nation-leading alternative fuel program, providing the first of its kind funding from the federal level for RTD’s fleet of alternative fueled buses.
Building upon his government and transportation experience, John worked for the Air Transport Association, trade industry group for the U.S. airline industry. Representing this group at the state and local government levels from the Mountain Time Zone west to Hawaii, he used his knowledge of government, public policy and politics to pass legislation supporting the airline industry’s growth in Montana, Idaho, Wyoming and Hawaii. He used this same expertise to defeat tax increases in both Montana and Hawaii. John led the industry to victory in its battle against increased landing fees and attempts by the City of Los Angeles to divert revenue from the airport to the City’s general fund in violation of Federal Law. His strong transportation background has made ESB a sought after firm with clients seeking representation before the Los Angeles World Airports and the Ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach.
A resident of San Pedro, John participates in a range of community organizations. He previously served as the president of the Boys & Girls Clubs of Los Angeles Harbor, president of the Port of Los Angeles Charter High School Foundation, as a board member of the San Pedro Chamber of Commerce and on the Boards of the International Visitors Council of Los Angeles, The Manny Mota Foundation, and the Central City Neighborhood Partnership.