John JarretT

Founder and executive director

An Atlanta native, John graduated from the University of Georgia with a Bachelor of Science in Education with an emphasis in Parks and Recreation Management. John is an avid adventurer, hiker, surfer, snowboarding enthusiast, and world traveler. He has lived on four continents and loves cultural discovery and community immersion.

After working for Jay Vending Company for 19 years and achieving the position of Regional Director, John decided to change careers and enter the non-profit world.  He joined the Wilderness Works staff in 2014 and became the Director of Camps.  Discovering a passion for working with neglected children, he decided to create Atlanta Leadership Club to fill a gap in job training and mentoring among Atlanta’s at-risk neighborhoods.  John sees this as another great adventure and is excited about the future.