John Spady, Social Entrepreneur and Civic Advisor
John is a social entrepreneur when it comes to developing strategies for strengthening public engagement. He has worked closely with his father, Dick, and the Forum Foundation for over two decades. John developed the web-based applications at the core of the Countywide Community Forums, an independent public engagement program in partnership with King County. In 2007 the King County Auditor appointed John to serve as Deputy Citizen Councilor Coordinator, along with his father and brother, Jim, to design the county’s first Citizen Councilor Network – a program to enhance citizen participation, civic engagement, and citizenship education in King County government.
John is a member of both the National Coalition for Dialogue and Deliberation (NCDD) and the International Association for Public Participation (IAP2). He has presented at NCDD conferences, and in 2009, the IAP2 recognized the Citizen Councilor Network and Countywide Community Forums as a finalist for their Core Values Award at their annual international conference.
John is Executive Vice President and board member of the Forum Foundation –created by his father for research and development of symbolic dialogue and enhancing the practical opportunities for improved civic discourse among diverse communities of people. He is a graduate of Seattle Pacific University, and the University of Oregon.