As Winning Mark’s digital director, John is passionate about driving innovation in digital for issue advocacy and election campaigns.
Motivated by progressive causes such as giving children from all walks of life equitable access to public education, protecting worker and immigrants’ rights and fighting for economic equality, he’s proud to call himself a political activist and ad tech geek.
Growing up in Northern Ireland surrounded by a family dedicated to civil rights, John first gained experience in Oregon politics during internships on the communications teams of senate and gubernatorial campaigns.
As a lover of history and film, John spent his college years studying Modern History at Queen’s University and working as an assistant camera operator covering news for Ireland's national television and radio broadcaster, RTE. After graduation, he became a camera operator and editor, producing documentaries, commercials and news for companies such as BBC NI, GMTV and Sky.
Following a six-year contract as the 24-hour stringer covering news, sport and current affairs for Ireland’s most-watched daily news program, John joined Winning Mark to produce online videos for the 2010 gubernatorial campaign and became our first Google certified digital campaign manager.
Under John’s direction, Winning Mark’s video department expanded into online advertising and our digital division was created. Today, John leads our team of campaign managers and operations specialists in the planning and execution of digital campaigns. From congressional candidate races to statewide ballot initiatives, he has managed over 100 digital campaigns – and won almost all of them.
Active in the local music scene and immigrant rights’ movement, in his spare time John enjoys producing short films for Momentum Alliance, a youth-led social justice organization and Pickathon, a local music festival. His video work has been featured on Huffington Post, Gawker, OPB Music, NPR Music, Portland Mercury, The Stranger, A.V Club, Noisey and Daily Kos.
Apart from photography, cycling and putting on a fake American accent when he pronounces the word “ham,” John enjoys travelling with his wife Andrea and performing dramatic readings of “Giraffes Can’t Dance” to his son, Conor.