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John Kern

Vice President

KernWhat inspires me: Great music, hand-made mugs, sharing a meal with close friends, and being greeted by a very excited dog when I get home at night.

I do what I do because: I grew up in a southern town where prejudice and inequality were the norm. I believe in our collective power to change that reality.

I think the world would be better if: Financial means ceased to accurately predict opportunity.

As Vice President, John Kern engages in strategic partnerships with leadership teams, provides client engagement oversight and supports the overall growth and development of the firm. 

John has worked extensively in education, health and poverty-related issues across multiple sectors. He is a skilled facilitator with over 10 years of experience advising senior nonprofit, foundation, and government executives on organizational strategy, program design and evaluation, governance, and organizational capacity.  John recently led the development of a social impact analysis for a $30M national nonprofit that resulted in new strategic partnerships and increased public funding to improve children’s health and educational outcomes. He also worked closely with senior leaders of a large regulatory agency to design a data-driven approach to maximize the public health impact associated with $1B in annual government spending. 

John spent nearly six years in the strategy practice at Deloitte Consulting, where he advised public sector leaders on solutions to large-scale mission issues. He began his career in the social sector, working both as a grant-maker at the Community Foundation for the National Capital Region and as a grassroots organizer for Friends of Choice in Urban Schools. 

John holds a Masters in Public Policy from The Johns Hopkins University and a B.A. from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where he was a Pogue scholar.

Phone: 202.618.4770

Email: jkern@communitywealth.com