John Esson is founder/director of the Environmental Career Center/EnvironmentalCareer.com; publisher of the Green Careers Journal quarterly magazine; co-founder of the nonprofit Green Jobs Alliance; and chairman of the NAEP Career Development Committee. He is also president of ECW Environmental Group, an environmental sustainability consulting and staffing firm.
John is a LEED Accredited Professional/environmental planner with over 30 years of professional environmental experience with Federal, state, and local agencies, research labs, and consulting companies.
John has a bachelor’s degree in Wildlife Ecology at the University of Minnesota in 1979. Graduate studies in Natural Resources and Environmental Management at several institutions including University of Wisconsin- Stevens Point, University of Alabama- Huntsville, and Duke University Nicholas School of the Environment. He is a Green MBA candidate at the San Francisco Institute of Architecture.
John’s wife, Julie, and he founded Thumbelina Farms, an animal assisted therapy nonprofit organization where he serves as the CMO (chief manure officer). They have three adult sons, a 12 year old daughter, and a 4 year old son. They reside in Hampton, Virginia.