John Woodard

Consulting on mediation, governance, and strategic planning

John Woodard spent over 40 years as a practicing attorney concentrating in labor and employment law in the private and public sectors. In this role he developed exceptional mediation and facilitation skills and an ability to see complex interpersonal interactions from a variety of perspectives. In addition to his legal practice, John has served in a variety of governance roles. He is an honorary trustee and formerly a trustee and chair of Partners Continuing Care, Inc., the parent organization of all Partners Healthcare System non-acute entities, including Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital, of which he was formerly a trustee and chair. Previously John served as chair and board member of Faulkner Hospital (now Brigham and Women’s Faulkner Hospital) and is a trustee and former president of The Boston Home, Inc., an independent long-term care facility. John resides in Dedham where he has been active in local organizations. Until recently he was a director and formerly president of the Dedham Community Association, Inc.  Previously he was a member and chair of the Town of Dedham Personnel Board, member of the Town of Dedham Finance Committee and trustee and president of Dedham Country Day School, an independent elementary school. John has also served on the vestry and as a warden of his local parish, St. Paul’s Episcopal Church. Currently he consults with the Episcopal Diocese of Massachusetts working with congregations on organizational, business and planning issues.

At ESC, John has provided consulting services to nonprofit organizations including English for New Bostonians, METCO, Scandinavian Living Center, Spina Bifida Association of Greater New England, and the US Green Building Council of Massachusetts.

John says, “When I joined ESC in 2004 I thought that it would be an opportunity to share some of my many years of experience as a nonprofit board member with other non-profits. While I believe I have been able to draw from that personal experience, I have learned much more about nonprofits through my work as an ESC consultant, which I am able to use in consulting with our clients. Each and every project is different and we learn as much as we help.”

Prior to joining ESC, John was Of Counsel at Dane & Howe and previously with the law firms of Powers & Hall, LLC and Ropes & Gray. He also served in the US Marine Corps as an infantry officer.

John earned his AB at Harvard College and JD at Boston College Law School.

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