John has more than twenty years of experience in micro-lending, and small business development support, and played a lead role in developing two business incubators, including the Mercado Central.
John received a Bachelor in History from Manchester College, Indiana in 1969 and a Masters in Business Administration from the University of St. Thomas in 1988. John managed cooperative grocery stores for seven years before coming to work full-time at LEDC. John also owns North Country Fair Trade, an international for-profit business that connects Latin American laborers with North American consumers.
John is caucasian and a United States citizen who grew up in Ecuador and is fluent in Spanish.