John Barnes is President of Barnes Association Consultants, which is focused on providing consulting services for association management issues and public policy and advocacy. This includes board development, association governance, strategic planning, staffing, program review, and public policy and advocacy.
Before launching Barnes Association Consultants, John was Chief Executive Officer at the American Physical Therapy Association. John worked with the Board of Directors to lead the creation and implementation of the vision, mission, and strategic plan for the association and was responsible for leadership and management of all aspects of association including government affairs, communications, education, governance, and administration. APTA is an 85,000 member national health care provider association with a $42,000,000 annual budget and 180 staff.
Previous to serving as CEO at APTA, John worked the American Academy of Dermatology as their Deputy Executive Director. John was a leader in all aspects of managing the organization, including strategic planning, budgeting, organizational development, outreach to external groups, and staff management and development. John was directly responsible for the federal government affairs, state government affairs, health policy, and science and research departments.
John has extensive public policy experience through his years serving on Capitol Hill. John was Chief of Staff to U.S. Representative Greg Ganske of Iowa. As Chief of Staff, John managed and directed congressional offices in Washington and Iowa, including legislation, communications and political operations.
He also worked for Senator Chuck Grassley of Iowa. While with Senator Grassley, John formulated strategies for legislative issues including appropriations, economic development, small business, transportation, and housing. He also assisted Iowa businesses in their dealings with the federal government, protecting their interests and helping them with legislation, regulations, government procurement, and international trade.
John served as Director of Government Affairs at the Steel Tank Institute, where he was responsible for government and public affairs for this national association representing steel tank manufacturers.
John is a member of the American Society of Association Executives (ASAE) and serves on the Creighton University Washington Alumni Board.
John has a Bachelor of Science Degree in Business Administration degree from Creighton University with an economics major.