John is co-founder of Svoboda Capital Partners (“SC”). John serves on the boards of SC portfolio companies Strategic Marketing, SWC Technology Partners, and Cape Electrical Supply.
Prior to founding SC, John was employed in the Corporate Finance Department of William Blair & Company LLC (1983-1997), where he managed Business Development and became a Partner in 1988.
John currently serves on the advisory boards of MATH Venture Partners and HealthEngine LLC, both based in Chicago. John also serves as a trustee of the University of Chicago Medical Center, where he serves on several committees and chairs the governance subcommittee. John also serves as a trustee for the Otho S. A. Sprague Memorial Institute, the Auditorium Theatre Council, the Marwen Foundation, and as a life trustee of the Francis W. Parker School. He served on the Advisory Council of Stanford’s Graduate School of Business, and served on the Steering Committee for the Stanford Campaign. John has also served on several alumni and fundraising committees for both Williams College and the Stanford Business School, as well as capital campaigns for the Greater Chicago Food Depository and the University of Chicago Comer Children’s Hospital. John serves on the Advisory Council of the Chicago Fire soccer club.
John graduated from Williams College with a BA in 1979 and received his MBA from the Stanford Graduate School of Business in 1983.