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John McNight: Preparing for SF's Next Big Disaster

A Navy Veteran, John served for six years as a nuclear propulsion plant mechanic (machinist mate, nuclear qualified) working on board the USS Enterprise (CVN-65). It was during his years in the Navy that he began volunteering with the American Red Cross as a First Aid and CPR instructor, Disaster Services Shelter Manager, and eventually a member of the Board of Directors for the Marin County Chapter. John volunteered with the Red Cross for fourteen years and gained field experience in disaster response during the Loma Prieta Earthquake in 1989, and the Oakland Hills Firestorm in 1991.

John earned his bachelor’s degree from the University of California at Berkeley in 1995 in Molecular and Cell Biology, and he went on to work in the Biotech industry for 10 years as a manufacturing manager responsible for all stages of production of injectable pharmaceuticals (parenterals); he has worked at Genentech, Xoma, and Chiron (Novartis).His recent transition into the role of Director, Emergency and Disaster Services has him draw upon his extensive background in safety, management, and strategic planning to help prepare California for a wide range of potential disaster scenarios.

John is an active member of Toastmasters International, Kiwanis International, The San Francisco Golden Gate Breakfast Club, and the Order of St. John. He is the Chaplain for the San Francisco Chapter (Commandery) of the United States Naval Order, and a Director on the Board for the USS San Francisco (CA-38) Memorial Foundation.

Earlier Event: March 5
Karen Nemsick: Rebuilding Together
Later Event: March 19
Quentin L. Kopp