About John


By day, JOHN WARD is Director of Communications for the American Civil Liberties Union of Massachusetts (ACLU) and is responsible for the organization's multi-channel PR strategy and operations.

Before joining ACLU of MA, John was director of government affairs for the Suffolk Sheriff's Department where he spearheaded Sheriff Steven W. Tompkins criminal justice reform efforts. Prior to that, he  served as Director of External Affairs for Roca, an NGO dedicated to reducing incarceration and poverty among the highest-risk young people through data-driven and evidence-based intervention services.

John has lectured on politics, communications, criminal justice reform and social service innovation at numerous colleges and universities including Massachusetts Institute of Technology Sloan School of Management, Harvard's John F. Kennedy School of Government, Harvard Business School, Suffolk University, Emerson College, University of Massachusetts Boston, and Boston University School of Public Health.

In a prior, weirder life, he was a hip-hop artist and producer. Seriously. John lives in Boston with his patient wife, three wildling sons and an old, smelly dog. Ward's second novel, THE SOVEREIGN is now available from Vine Leaves Press.