President & Chief Executive Officer
2-1-1 San Diego
John Ohanian is the President & Chief Executive Officer of 211 San Diego and is a well-respected and visionary community leader. John believes in the principle of servant leadership and his primary focus is driving organizations that reflect an innovative approach to become social enterprises. He places a strong emphasis on the value of developing a cohesive, empowered, team of social ambassadors and encouraging staff to identify and pursue career paths that are closely tied to personal passions and strengths.
Under John’s leadership, 211 San Diego has surged to becoming the region’s central information source providing more than 1 million connections for clients each year. With over 140 employees and a budget of $12 million, 211 San Diego is pioneering the future of social services technology advancements and proactive community planning initiatives while serving as the premier model for providing quality services for San Diego’s most vulnerable citizens.
John has successfully created lasting partnerships with the community’s top public and private organizations, including the County of San Diego, numerous cities, community foundations, Qualcomm Inc., San Diego Gas & Electric and Salesforce, as well as dozens of nonprofits and community based organizations.
In addition to his role at 2-1-1, John is involved in numerous organizations, including TEDxSanDiego. His enthusiastic presentations inspire people, organizations and agencies on the topics of leadership, innovation, collaboration and the power of community, using the “2-1-1 story” as the foundation of his presentations. He also facilitates courses at the University of San Diego School of Nonprofit Management and cases with Harvard Management Program focusing on “Leadership in Crisis”, which brings out John’s true passion of developing leaders through his experiences running a summer camp.
John is a graduate of the University of San Diego and earned his CPA while working at KPMG Peat Marwick in San Diego. Prior to 2-1-1 San Diego, he served as Vice President of Finance, Operations and Planned Giving at the Alzheimer’s Association – San Diego/Imperial Chapter. He also worked with the San Diego Jewish Community Foundation in several capacities, including Consultant and Associate Director, including leading the deployment of one of the first online donation management platforms.