It’s been decades since John Hill graduated from the struggles of a child laborer in the cotton, vegetable and fruit fields of Central California, where he prayed to be allowed to attend school regularly. Today, he holds a bachelor’s of science degree in business administration from the University of San Francisco and a master’s degree in business administration from the University of Phoenix.


In 1972, he began work in private industry at Arrow Development as a payroll clerk and eventually became the personnel manager. He left Arrow Development in 1977 to work for FMC Corporation as a division manager of affirmative action before being promoted to affirmative action manager for the western United States. In 1981 he joined the Plantronics Corporation in Santa Cruz as employee relations manager, and in 1983 moved to the Rolm Corporation, first as corporate administrator and later as the Northern California area human resources manager.

John became director of the equal opportunity division for Santa Clara County in 1990. In February 1994, he moved to the Los Angeles area and became director of the Office of Affirmative Action Compliance for Los Angeles County. In that post, he raised targets for the hiring of businesses owned by minorities and other groups identified as historically disadvantaged. He served for ten years as Chief of Staff for Los Angeles County Supervisor Yvonne B. Burke of the Second Supervisorial District.


John is the father of four daughters and grandfather of seven. Now retired, John and wife Mattie now spend their time together in La Quinta, CA.