John is a managing director and member of the Management Committee of Goldman Sachs, a global investment banking, securities and investment management firm. He serves as the firm’s chief of staff and secretary to the Board of Directors. He oversees Executive Administration and also is responsible for external relations functions including public, investor, and government relations.
Prior to joining Goldman Sachs, John was a senior fellow at the Baker Institute at Rice University (1993). He served as Undersecretary of State for Management at the U.S. Department of State (1991 to 1993), where he was responsible for the Department’s worldwide operations.
Before moving to the State Department, John was Executive Vice President of the Oliver Carr Company (1988 to 1991). Earlier, he served as Assistant Secretary of the Treasury (1985 to 1987) and as an Assistant to the President of the United States at the White House (1981 to 1985).
In 2004, John joined the Goldman Sachs Foundation Board of Trustees. John has long been interested in historic preservation. He has served as a member of the Board of Trustees of the National Trust for Historic Preservation and as member and chairman of the President’s Advisory Council on Historic Preservation. He is a member of the Fine Arts committee of the U.S. Department of State. He is a recipient of the Presidential Citizens Medal, the U.S. Treasury Department’s Alexander Hamilton Award, and the U.S. State Department’s Distinguished Service Award.
He graduated from the George Washington University in 1978 with a B.A. in Public Administration. He lives in Washington, D.C. with his wife, Deborah M. Lehr, and their two children.