John Valinch, Segal Fellow

John Valinch

2018 Heller MPP/MBA Segal Fellow

John Valinch is a dedicated and passionate activist and former youth leader. As a lifelong resident of Chelsea, Massachusetts, he is guided by a principled commitment to justice, equity, and building community power and voice through intersectional community organizing and public policy. John is pursuing a dual Master of Public Policy and Master of Business Administration at the Heller School at Brandeis University, where he is the Co-President of the Master of Public Policy Student Association.  He currently serves as a Private Equity Research Analyst for UNITE HERE, an International Union representing over 270,000 hotel, gaming, and food service employees. In addition, John has played a pivotal role in the creation of Hospitality Employees Advancement and Training (HEAT), Inc., a new workforce development organization in Miami, Fla., designed to provide hospitality workers with the training and skills needed to earn sustainable living wages, benefits, and jobs with dignity in South Florida. Within his community, John serves on the Board of Directors for GreenRoots, an environmental justice nonprofit organization. He is working with a local group of organizers to establish a Community Land Trust in Chelsea in order to develop and maintain affordable housing in perpetuity. During election seasons, John can be found behind-the-scenes and in the streets, providing support and uplifting the voices of his fellow community leaders through electoral campaigns. John graduated Summa Cum Laude from the University of Massachusetts Boston in 2014 with a BA in Political Science and Public Policy, receiving the Roger Feinstein Award in Public Policy.