John Esterle is the Executive Director and a Trustee of The Whitman Institute (TWI), an independent foundation based in San Francisco he has been with since 1988. John serves on the boards of Philanthropy for Active Civic Engagement and LeaderSpring, is a member of Active Voice’s Advisory Committee, and co-chairs Northern California Grantmaker’s Organizational Effectiveness and Professional Development Committee. Prior to joining TWI, John directed Crime and the News Media, a project that featured dialogues among Bay Area journalists and proponents of alternatives to incarceration. He received his B.A. in Liberal Arts from the Hutchins School of Interdisciplinary Studies at Sonoma State University and his M.A. in Broadcast Communication Arts from San Francisco State University.