As President of World Hope International (WHI), John Lyon brings substantial global developmental experience and has served WHI for many years. Prior to being elected as President by the WHI Board of Directors in September 2013, John was VP of Programs/Director of International Programs. He has been an advocate and volunteer for the organization for 13 years and served on the board for over four years. As a WHI volunteer, John was instrumental in executing several projects, including the redevelopment of the Caribbean Wesleyan College in Savanna-la-Mar, Jamaica, the development of a water and sanitation plan for WHI concepts in La Ceiba, Honduras and a water and sanitation plan for WHI programs in Sierra Leone.
Prior to his service at WHI, John had a long career in law. He practiced at the international law firm WilmerHale for seven years, during which he helped WHI develop its microfinance program, the First Step Special Economic Zone in Sierra Leone, and Africa Felix Juice in Sierra Leone. John also worked with Houghton College, First Step and Africa Felix Juice to develop WHI’s Outgrowers program. He has also served the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Western District of Missouri as a Law Clerk for various units and departments.
In addition to a compelling law and non-profit career, John also served as a water and sanitation volunteer for the Peace Corps from 1998 to 2000. During his service, he organized a community-based construction committee and raised $210,000 for a primary school in St. Leonards, Jamaica, and also helped to raise awareness and capital for a typhoid-proof latrine model.
John earned a Bachelor’s of Arts in Sociology and Political Science from Houghton College and his JD from the University of Missouri - Kansas City School of Law. John is a licensed law practitioner in the state of Missouri and the District of Columbia.
He currently resides in Alexandria, Virginia with his wife and two children.