About John

          

My career in government administration included serving recently as a city administrator and consulting in the field for several years. This experience helps me perform effectively as a current Port Commissioner, fulfilling my commitment to create good job opportunities and enduring public facilities.

Vote for me for Position 1
so we can make East County even better for us and our children!

 

Me Personally

I grew up in Camas as a middle kid and survived. Not long after leaving home for college, I got my “Mr.” degree – I met the right person and have been amazed by Andra ever since. We have two kids – ages 11 and 9 – and have chosen to raise them in East County. Like many parents, one of our dreams is for our kids to find great opportunities nearby and stay local.

 

My Philosophy

Work hard to make the world a better place, but don’t take yourself too seriously.

 

Nonprofits: My Career, Part 1

My first professional job was in hospice, where I actually learned a lot about life. I eventually realized the nonprofit world needed more expertise, so I went to Syracuse for a Master’s in Public Administration.

I put my new knowledge to work at United Way, eventually discovering that government administration could be the best fit for the next chapter of my career.

 

Government: My Career, Part 2

Over my 13 years in government administration, I became expert in many aspects of finance and administration, yet spent far too many hours at city hall instead of with my family. In 2013 while I was North Bonneville’s city administrator, my sister Kimberly Spencer convinced me to join the private sector. It would let me continue to do good while gaining some control of working hours.

 

The Port & Consulting: My Career, Part 3

My sister Kimberly Spencer and I formed Pulse Consulting, a management consulting partnership.

In late 2015 someone suggested I apply for an open seat on the Port Commission. I did, and I love it! My experiences there have been perfect training for this elected position, I thoroughly enjoy doing good in my community. My life is now happily full: I spend half my time at the Port, half consulting, and half being a father and husband. The math has some issues, but all in all, it’s working out great.

I love the Port because it’s a place where I am truly making a difference. I have a lot of plans and ideas for it, but my main goal is to use my position to improve our community – to ensure our kids have a beautiful place to live and lots of opportunities to establish careers.

 

Vote for me for Position 1
so we can make East County even better for us and our children!

 

Experience

  • Management and Finance Consultant (current)
  • City Administrator, City of North Bonneville
  • Management Analyst, City of Vancouver
  • Finance Analyst, City of University Place

 

Civic Service

  • Clark County Parks Board
  • Rotary Club of Camas-Washougal
    • Meals on Wheels
    • School Dictionary Project
    • Young Men in Action (5th grade mentoring program)
  • Angel Flight (free flights for those with medical needs)
  • Camas Schools Citizen Advisory Committee (past)

 

Education

  • Syracuse University, Maxwell School – Master of Public Administration
  • Lewis and Clark College – B.A. in International Affairs
  • College of Legal Arts, Portland – Legal Assistant Certificate

 

Achievements

As a current member the Port’s excellent team, I will keep the Port headed in the right direction. My inclusive leadership style generates open, active conversations and collaborative success.

After just 20 months on the team, I’ve accomplished a lot, such as:

  • Integrated myself into the port’s team, working closely with staff and fellow commissioners to build strong relationships. These relationships produce smoother meetings and quicker decisions with solid support from all sides.
  • Met early on with many major stakeholders, including our staff, elected officials, local business people, and any citizen who would share their time or asked for mine. I connect with constituents as often as possible!
  • Made airport land available for dog park, replacing a closing Washougal park.
  • Helped create the Waterfront Master Plan, a cornerstone in building a thriving development supporting both cities.
  • Supported Children’s Natural Play Area along Washougal’s Waterfront Trail.
  • Started efforts to bring airport into Camas city limits.
  • Created East County Workgroup, a new coalition including both school districts, both cities, the Port, East County Fire and Rescue, and individual citizens. We identify common goals and ways to succeed through collaboration. I currently chair this group.