The Impact Center is comprised of a small, experienced core staff augmented by nationally respected advisers, consultants and fellows. We operate with a focused, proactive approach to tackling issues, recognizing that our greatest assets are our intellectual capital and strategic knowledge management.
Our organization is lead by John Hart, Founder + CEO
As the Founder and CEO of the Impact Center, John Hart leads the Impact Center, a premier leadership development organization for high-impact individuals and institutions. The Impact Center’s mission is to empower emerging and accomplished leaders with the knowledge, skills and network they need to expand their impact on their organizations and our society.
John is a recognized expert on leadership, he has appeared on national television, spoken to audiences across the world, and served on official delegations to foreign countries as an advocate for the importance of developing emerging leaders in a democracy. In a 2007 address, President Clinton said: “I was looking at John and thinking of all the contributions he's made...and I marvel at all the wonderful things he's done with this life.”
John was selected by the Obama White House to serve as the principal Project Manager for the Presidential Appointee Leadership Program. The three year program launched with a Cabinet-White House retreat for President Obama, Vice-President Biden, Cabinet members and members of the senior White House staff. In his work with the White House, John was responsible for the design and facilitation of leadership programs for appointed leaders across the Obama Administration including the President, Vice-President, Cabinet Secretaries, the President’s Management Council at OMB, and the Office of the First Lady to strengthen individual leaders and their teams to institutionalize change.
Prior to founding the Impact Center, John advanced bi-partisan solutions to education as Director of Policy Implementation for the James B. Hunt Institute for Educational Leadership and Policy at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill. Before joining the Hunt Institute, John served as Vice President for Strategic Initiatives and Government Affairs for Ovations, a division of UnitedHealth Group, focusing on improving public, private and nonprofit sector partnerships in health care.
John served as Deputy Assistant to the President and Deputy Director of Intergovernmental Affairs at the White House. He was appointed as Principal Deputy Director at the United States Department of Justice, Office of Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS) where he reported directly to the Attorney General.
John played a key role during the 1992 presidential transition, acting as Special Assistant to Transition Directors Warren Christopher and Thomas "Mack" McLarty. Prior to the election, he served as Deputy Director of the Clinton/Gore Transition Planning Foundation, the pre-transition organization that he formed during the general election campaign. John also served as Secretary to the Foundation's Board of Directors. During the 1992 primary campaign, John was the Clinton campaign's National Director of Delegate Operations, culminating in the nomination of Bill Clinton at the Democratic National Convention in New York, where he managed the convention floor operations.
An attorney by training, John practiced law in Washington, D.C. and served as Law Clerk to the Honorable James T. Turner of the United States Court of Federal Claims. He is a graduate of the Catholic University of America and the Fordham University School of Law.