About John


By day, JOHN WARD is Director of Government Affairs at the Suffolk County Sheriff's Department in Boston, MA and is responsible for advancing Sheriff Steve Tompkins' legislative, criminal justice and social policy reform agenda within state and local government. Prior to joining the Suffolk Sheriff's Department, John served as Director of External Affairs for Roca, an NGO dedicated to reducing incarceration and poverty among the highest-risk young people across Massachusetts through data-driven and evidence-based intervention services.

He has guest lectured on 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 wife, two sons and an old, smelly dog. The Citadel is his debut novel, and the first book in the Amir Duran three-part thriller series.