John has successfully led more than 200 public affairs, communications, and outreach campaigns over the last 30 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 public affairs, 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 businesses, labor, and nonprofits 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.
John has had a deep practice in health care, transportation, development, infrastructure, and education. Before co-founding BMWL, John founded Whitehurst Campaigns in 1990 after working in several capacities in political consulting. His first professional political campaign was for Gary Hart for President in 1984, where he learned to organize in Iowa, Pennsylvania and California. John holds a bachelor’s degree in political science from American University.
John loves all things Italian — from traveling to Italy to enjoying Italian food and wine. Currently, he is learning how to play the guitar.
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