Bioneer since 2014
John DeCock brings decades of deep leadership and strategic experience from a distinguished 27-year career at the Sierra Club, including nine years as Executive Director of the Sierra Club Foundation. He subsequently served as President and CEO of the Clean Water Action & Clean Water Fund. A resident of San Francisco for the past 40 years, John is deeply rooted in the community and skillful in connecting communities.
John's deep connection to nature goes back to his earliest childhood memories. He grew up playing in the lush forests and swamps of Missouri and in the farm fields of Iowa. His interest in social justice was also sparked when he was a boy as he became aware of the civil rights movement.
John began working at the Sierra Club in 1981 and eventually served as Director of Outings, Deputy Conservation Director and Executive Director of The Sierra Club Foundation. As a volunteer, he led expeditions in Nepal, India, Kenya, Mexico, Guatemala and the United States.
In 2010, John was appointed President and CEO of Clean Water Action and Clean Water Fund. He was among a group of environmental leaders who advised President Obama's transition team on environmental matters. John and his family make their home in San Francisco and are avid outdoor enthusiasts with a special love for the Ocean. "I have a great feeling about being a part of Bioneers. It feels as my life and career experiences have been building my heart and mind to do this work." Johns says. " It's a privilege to spend my days joining with the Bioneers to help build a better world."
John enjoys spending time with his family, reading, playing music and being outdoors as much as possible.