John Hammond III leads the Partnership for Southern Equity’s newly established division of Impact. His leadership will continue to grow and expand the Data, Research, Innovation and Policy (DRIP) Team, PSE’s social enterprise consultancy work through its Just Solutions Portfolio, and oversee volunteer support and leadership academies across the organization.
Prior to his appointment with PSE, John leveraged his more than 25 years of senior executive experience to both lead and consult nonprofit, for-profit and governmental enterprises. As part of his strategy work, he has supported several Atlanta-area nonprofit organizations, including the National Center for Civil and Human Rights (NCCHR), where he helped guide the planning, budgeting and execution of several programmatic initiatives related to education, DEI training and racial truth-telling.
John was previously Senior Director for Community Services at the Atlanta Regional Commission (ARC). At ARC he led a staff of more than 90 professionals and managed a budget of more than $50 million. He oversaw three major program areas and supported agency-wide and national efforts related to equity and organizational change. John has served as national President and CEO for 100 Black Men of America, senior associate for Booz Allen Hamilton, and on the faculties of Harvard’s School of Education, MIT’s Sloan School of Management and Emory University’s Goizueta Business School.
John is a graduate of the 2008 class of Leadership Atlanta and is a past member of the Regional Leadership Institute. He has served as a mentor in the Pathbuilders Achieva® program. He has received national recognition for his work with the National Association of Regional Councils, leading a series of conversations on racial equity with executive directors from more than 35 major metropolitan regions across the United States.
John holds a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, a master’s degree in business administration from the Goizueta Business School at Emory University, and will defend his dissertation for the doctoral degree from the MIT Sloan School of Management. He lives in Atlanta with his wife, Yoko and has three adult sons: James, John and Will.