John C. Calhoun, MBA

Director, Community Engagement Office

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Highest Degree

MBA, University of New Hampshire, Durham


Jack’s work focuses on the training, supporting, and developing of citizen leadership in rural communities. Working primarily in rural New England he created and developed the New Hampshire Selectperson Institute. He works with the New Hampshire Local Government Center to run the very popular Municipal Leadership Institute, and in past years he developed a School Board Institute in collaboration with the New Hampshire School Boards Association. Additionally, Jack conducts large community visioning events at which large multiple stakeholder groups come together to develop a collective vision for their community. This work has taken him throughout northern New England, as well as to rural regions of the Transylvanian Alps in northern Romania. Prior to joining Antioch New England, Jack served as the first full time executive director of the New Hampshire Lakes Association, a statewide advocacy and education organization. In this role he was responsible for all programming, policy development and fundraising. He also helped to shepherd several pieces of important legislation into law, including the Comprehensive Shoreland Protection Act. Through his career Jack worked in a variety of jobs, including construction services, real estate, and seven years in the industrial wood energy business, in addition to a stint on Capitol Hill working as a Congressional aid.

Jack resides in Harrisville Village on shore Harrisville Pond overlooking the historic landmark village, which serves as daily inspiration for his volunteer work in the community. Jack currently serves as chair of the Harrisville School Board, a position he has held for nine years. In addition, he serves as a trustee for the Apple Hill Center for Chamber Music as well as a trustee for the Harris Center for Conservation Education. He served nine years as a trustee and president of the board for the Monadnock Conservancy, a land trust serving the 38 towns of southwestern New Hampshire. Jack previously served a fifteen-year stint on the planning board, serving the last seven as chair. He also helped to start and continues to assist with the Leadership Monadnock program sponsored by the Greater Keene Chamber of Commerce.

Jack has lived in the Keene area since he was six weeks old, with the exception his college years and an 18-month stint in Washington, DC.

A product of the University of New Hampshire, Jack holds a B.A. in political science, and a M.B.A. from the Whittemore School of Business & Economics. He is also a graduate of Leadership New Hampshire.