John is a managing director based in the Philadelphia office. His responsibilities include providing investment advisory services to Public, Non-Profit Endowment and Foundation, and Taft-Hartley fund clients. He serves on the Multi-Asset Class Investment Committee and oversees the multi-asset class discretionary and non-discretionary practices.
In 1983, John began his career in the financial services industry working for the First Boston Corporation in New York and Philadelphia. In 1992, he co-founded Spagnola-Cosack, Inc., an independent investment consulting firm focusing on public sector pension funds. Over a 10-year period, assets under advisement grew to more than $3.5 billion, leading to PFM’s acquisition of Spagnola-Cosack, Inc., in 2003. As of December 31, 2020, PFMAM’s multi asset class assets exceeded $23 billion.
A graduate of Yale University, John played professional football in the NFL for 11 seasons, including nine with the Philadelphia Eagles and one year each with the Green Bay Packers and Seattle Seahawks. He also served as a player representative and executive vice president of the NFL Players Association.
John has taught courses on managing public funds for the Fels Institute of Government at the University of Pennsylvania. He currently serves on the Board of Directors of Magee Rehabilitation Hospital, the Buckley Institute at Yale University, and the Greater Philadelphia Chamber of Commerce. He also serves on the Advisory Committee of St. Rose of Lima Parish in West Philadelphia and on the Investment Committee of the Jefferson Health System in Philadelphia. In 2012, John was inducted into the Eagle Scout Hall of Fame by the Cradle of Liberty Council of Philadelphia.