John Sayles joined the Vermont Foodbank as the CEO in March of 2009 after serving ten years in senior appointed positions with the State of Vermont - Policy and Planning Director and Deputy Secretary at the Agency of Natural Resources and Telecommunication Director and Deputy Commissioner at the Department of Public Service. Prior to coming to Vermont, John practiced law in Maryland, both in private and government practice. He is a graduate of the University of Baltimore School of Law and Frostburg State University in Maryland. He moved to Vermont in 1999, and lives in Montpelier with his wife and son.
John is a member of the Feeding America Policy Engagement and Advocacy Committee which develops national policy direction for more than 200 food banks nationwide. He was presented the 2012 Dick Goebel Public Service Award by Feeding America for contributions in public policy development. John is Vice-Chair of the Feeding America Eastern Region, and a member of the Feeding America Collaborating for Clients initiative.
Outside his responsibilities at the Foodbank, John currently chairs the Government Reorganization and Operations Review Commission, established by the legislature in 2015, is a member of the Vermont Governor’s Pathways from Poverty Council, is on the boards of One Care Vermont and Home Share Now and is a member of the Vermont Business Roundtable.