John A. Johns

Director of Major Gifts

Region covered: Los Angeles and Ventura Counties


John has worked in Development for over 15 years and his experience includes Workplace Giving Campaigns, Capital Campaign Management, Major and Planned Giving and Special Projects. 

Previously, John worked for the United Way and Community Counseling Service. He spent the last 13 years at California State University, Los Angeles where he initiated the Planned Giving Program, cultivated and solicited the first million dollar gift to the university, developed the funding to support a scholarship for every undergraduate student in the School of Nursing, and created the first privately funded capital project in sustainable energy in higher education with the construction of a $4.6 million hydrogen production and research facility on the campus.

A native of the San Francisco Bay Area and a lifelong diehard Giants fan, his first position after college was actually as the General Manager of the Los Angeles Dodgers' minor league affiliate in Lodi, CA where prior to the outbreak of Fernando Mania he met Fernando Valenzuela.   

A graduate of the University of Oregon, since the mid-1980s, John has traveled the world visiting 50 countries mostly in the developing world. He has a passion for human rights and has served on several human rights delegations to Latin America.

For more information about making a donation to the American Cancer Society, call 626.564.6078 x230.

To contact this Director of Major Gifts, please email,  john.johns@cancer.org.