John Cunningham

Executive Director, National AIDS Memorial Grove

John Cunningham, Executive Director: John joined the National AIDS Memorial Grove as Executive Director in 2009. John is a fifth generation Californian, having grown up in the East Bay before relocating to New England at the age of seven. A graduate of the University of California at Berkeley, he received a degree in political science and organizational behavior. John presently resides in Oakland with his husband Joel and their dog Billie. John’s professional career has spanned over 25 years working for several Fortune 500 companies holding management positions in human resources, risk management and organizational development. In 1993 he founded and served as president of Golden Gate Granite Group, focusing on human capitol management and effectiveness. In 2004 he realigned his career, merging his passion for community activism with his relationship development skills, joining the non-profit Positive Resource Center as Director of Development. John has been the Executive Director of the National AIDS Memorial Grove since April of 2009. John has held numerous non-profit board level positions, having served as President of the Castro Community Business Alliance, Board Chair of the New Hampshire AIDS Foundation, Vice President of Folsom Street Events, and Board Member of Positive Resource Center. John’s passion for improving his own quality of life through service to his community has long been his guiding principle. “I came to the Grove because I feel strongly that the American story of the AIDS epidemic must be told and the National AIDS Memorial Grove should be the one to tell it.”