As Winning Mark’s Digital Director, John is passionate about driving innovation in advocacy and elections.
Motivated by progressive causes, including expanding immigrant rights, protecting public education and fighting income inequality, 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 on internships in the communications departments of Senate and Gubernatorial campaigns in the late 90s.
As a longtime lover of history and film, John spent his college years studying Modern History at Queen’s University Belfast and working as a camera assistant 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 video for the 2010 Gubernatorial campaign and became our first Google certified digital campaign manager.
Under John’s direction, Winning Mark’s online 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 candidates to statewide ballot measures, he has managed over 100 digital campaigns and won almost all of them.
As a founding member of the Occupy Portland Video Collective, John produced dozens of short films from October to November of 2011 from inside the occupation, some of which were featured on Huffington Post, Gawker and Daily Kos.
John is also active in the immigrant youth rights movement and local music scene -- in his spare time, he enjoys producing films for Momentum Alliance, a youth-led social justice organization, and Pickathon, a local music festival.
Apart from photography, cycling and putting on a fake American accent when he pronounces the word “ham,” John enjoys traveling with his wife Andrea and performing dramatic readings of “Giraffes Can’t Dance” to his son, Conor.