Meet Hope House’s New Executive Director – John Madej

Ties to the Community

I’m a native of West Utica and, along with my two brothers and sisters, attended Holy Trinity Elementary School and Notre Dame High School. My father worked as a truck driver for Nehi Soda and later as a bus driver for Central Coach lines. My mother worked in the cotton mill and then as a waitress at The Anchor Inn.


After graduating high school, came the Marine Corps; where I worked as a telecommunications specialist in the communications center under the Commandant of the Marine Corps and Chief of Naval Operations in Arlington, VA. After 5 years, I received an honorable discharge from the Marine Corps and got a job as a computer operator at a small management consulting firm headquartered in Alexandria, VA. A couple years later I moved to another part of the firm and started my career in project management.

Experience with Large and Small Companies

As a consultant, it was my pleasure to work with many commercial companies and in many different industries – IT, telecommunications, energy, environmental, automotive, just to name a few. My clients included many government agencies including NASA, Department of Energy, Homeland Security, and the Air Force. Internationally I worked in Ottawa, Canada and London, England.

Experience with Non Profits

At age 30, I returned to Regis University as an evening student; finishing my education was a long term goal of mine. Two years of working days and studying nights, I was rewarded a Bachelor of Science in Computer Information Systems. I immediately began my Master’s Degree but never completed it, due to a relocation back to the East Coast from Denver. At Robbins Gioia, Inc. I moved into management and progressed until I was running the firm’s largest division, with revenues of $80M and 300 employees serving our government clients. In 2010 I left the company and began working with non-profits, raising money, delivering goods and services to recipients, prepping venues for fundraisers – whatever was necessary to further the cause of the organization.

Goals: Fundraising and New Facility

Today I am proud to be serving as the new Executive Director of Hope House. My goal is simple – to uphold our mission by feeding all those who enter our doors. Fundraising is a primary goal in order to keep our operation fiscally strong and break ground for our new facility so we can serve more guests with greater efficiency. I look forward to working with all of our staff and volunteers, and learning more about those we serve.

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