Representative, Foundation for Independent Voter Education
John is a long-time electoral reform advocate supportive of a more level playing field for electing
independent and third-party candidates. He has actively supported a number of democracy reform organizations (many that are founding members of NANR), including American Promise, Fairvote, the Independent Voter Project, RepresentUS, and UniteAmerica. John and his wife Mary were significant financial supporters of The Committee for Ranked Choice Voting, the Maine-based organization that led the passage of the first statewide use of this instant-runoff system. John served on the Committee’s finance committee.
Professionally, John is co-founder and Principal of Hanover Partners, a San Francisco private equity firm that has been active investing in small middle-market manufacturing companies in the U.S. since 1994. John has served as a director on the board of twelve of Hanover’s portfolio companies, including serving as Chairman for five companies.
Active on social media with a significant following (for the democracy reform universe), John’s Twitter effort can be found at @ElectBetterUSA. John has written several articles on the topic of electoral reform for the Independent Voter Network.
John and his wife Mary live in San Francisco with three children, and they spend significant time in Maine during the summer. John actively volunteers locally including periodically serving on non-profit boards.
Katherine M. Gehl, a business leader and former CEO with experience in government, began, in the last decade, to participate actively in politics—first in traditional partisan politics.
Reform efforts are taking place across the country.
In the Summer of 2018, NANR asked reformers to submit their responses for review and presentation to potential funders.
NANR received 65 impressive submissions. Click to view top submissions.