John Claussen is an Ocean program officer at the David and Lucile Packard Foundation. He supports grantmaking for the Foundation’s work to protect and restore the ocean, specifically focused on Indonesia.
Prior to joining the Foundation, John worked as a consultant for 15 years advising and designing environmental and economic development initiatives and investment strategies throughout North America and Asia. A resident of Indonesia from 2004 to 2012, he has particularly deep experience in Southeast Asia and the island nations of the Pacific where he actively supported companies, government agencies, and conservation NGOs and their donor partners on the design and development of effective environment and conservation strategies. He was a Partner in the Jakarta office of Mazars, a global partnership, and co-founded and served as Managing Partner at Starling Resources. He also previously worked as a senior associate at California Environmental Associates and served as program director at Chemical Strategies Partnership and also the Conservation and Community Investment Forum.
John holds a bachelor’s degree in biology from Valparaiso University in Indiana. He is chair of the Board for Multiplier (formerly the Trust for Conservation Innovation) in Oakland, CA and is also chair of the San Mateo County chapter of the Surfrider Foundation. In his free time John enjoys hiking, scuba diving, biking, and reading with his two daughters.