John Thon Majok is a program associate at the Woodrow Wilson Center where he manages grants and provides financial oversight for the Environmental Change and Security Program. Prior to joining the Wilson Center in 2013, John Thon was a contractor at the U.S. Department of State where he helped develop strategic outreach plans for global alumni at the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs. From 2007 to 2009, he managed a multi-country portfolio of State Department grants at the Council of American Overseas Research Centers. In 2006, he coordinated global outreach for the USAID-funded Diaspora Skills Transfer Program for South Sudan, leading to the recruitment and return of over 100 skilled professionals to the region to help with post-conflict reconstruction efforts. In addition, he has worked on Capitol Hill as a congressional intern for an Arizona Congressman in 2004.
John Thon holds an MPA in public administration from George Mason University, with focus on international public management and development. He graduated magna cum laude and with honors from the University of Arizona where received a bachelor of science in public administration, with majors in health and human services, and public management and policy. He wrote his honors thesis on globalization and human rights. Born and raised in South Sudan, John Thon has lived in Ethiopia and Kenya before coming to the United States in 2001. He speaks English and Dinka, with basic knowledge of Arabic and Swahili.