John L. Lehr brings to the Parkinson’s Foundation more than two decades of nonprofit fundraising and management experience, with a strong focus in the voluntary healthcare and medical research sectors. Before joining the Parkinson’s Foundation, John served as President of Orr Associates, Inc. (OAI), a consulting firm with offices in Washington DC and New York City serving the nonprofit sector. At OAI, John was responsible for daily operations of the firm, as well as management of leading clients including Georgetown University, MedStar Health, and Special Olympics.
Prior to OAI, John served as Chief Executive Officer of Food Allergy Research & Education (FARE) where he merged two legacy organizations into one national organization focused on finding medical solutions for and educating the public on food allergy. While at FARE, revenue increased by more than 20 percent in the first year post merger. In addition, John led a strategic planning initiative to develop a comprehensive plan for drug discovery and development for food allergy over the next decade. He also led advocacy efforts that resulted in the signing of the School Access to Emergency Epinephrine Act by President Obama in November 2013.
Prior to his tenure at FARE, John served as Chief Executive Officer of CureSearch for Children’s Cancer, a national research and advocacy organization. CureSearch’s fundraising efforts doubled during his tenure, providing increased support for cancer drug trials at more than 200 pediatric medical centers in the United States and Canada.
From 2004 to 2009, John directed the Cystic Fibrosis (CF) Foundation’s Milestones to a Cure Campaign that raised $175 million in support of CF drug discovery and development. The CF Foundation’s venture philanthropy model and John’s role in leading the campaign were highlighted in a series of Harvard Business School Case Studies. Earlier in his career, John spent many years at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia in various fundraising roles.
John attended Villanova University where he earned Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in History. From 1990-1991, John served as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Sri Lanka where he led rural business development efforts and taught English.