John Slifko currently serves as the Co-Director for the Roosevelt Center for the Study of Civil Society and Freemasonry, with a driven focus on scholarly research. Mr. Slifko accepted his position with the Los Angeles-based organization in October 2010, taking charge of a variety of responsibilities, including securing funds to endow scholarships, launching a new lecture series, and the developing resources for travel grants for undergraduates, graduate students, and doctoral candidates interested in the study of freemasonry.
John Slifko also possesses extensive experience in urban planning. He began his career in 1988 as Planning Deputy for Los Angeles City Councilwoman Ruth Galanter, focusing on the Los Angeles International Airport. Mr. Slifko went on to work for eight years as a Field Representative to Congressman Howard L. Berman. During this time, he also offered his services as a Legislative Assistant for the 101st United States Congress, concentrating on electric consortia provisions and advanced transportation systems in the Omnibus Intermodal Surface Transportation Efficiency Act of 1991. Mr. Slifko received an award for his efforts, being named in the Who’s Who Congressional Staff Directory for the United States Congress from 1995 to 1998.
From 1999 to 2001, Mr. Slifko undertook graduate studies at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA)’s Luskin School of Public Affairs and served as a Graduate Research Assistant to a professor at UCLA’s Henry Samueli School of Engineering and Applied Science. He also worked as a trader for green technology stocks from 2000 to 2006.
John Slifko laid the foundation for his career with a Bachelor of Arts in Urban Studies and Geography from San Francisco State University, where he also served as Editor of the Urban Action Planning Journal (now known as Urban Action). He received his Master of Arts in Urban Planning from UCLA’s Graduate School of Architecture and Urban Planning, which has since been reorganized into other schools.