John McManus is a native of Memphis, Tennessee, where he was born into a family that is deeply committed to serving the community as both elected officials and volunteers. He learned from an early age that an effective community leader must listen to the community, assess its needs, and respond meaningfully to them. Even as a child, John was touched by people who were disadvantaged or having a rough time in life, that is, the abused, downtrodden, sick, disabled, or just down on their luck, as well as children and the elderly. He knew that he wanted to stand by them and fight for them in a purposeful way.


In furtherance of his goal, he attended the University of Memphis and earned a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science. After college, John worked as a staff assistant in the White House, serving in the Executive Office of the President. He then returned to Tennessee, where he served in two separate state agencies as a regulator and legislative affairs specialist.


While in Nashville, John founded the Sunlight Project, a charitable organization dedicated to art-service projects for the elderly and people with disabilities who lived in nursing homes. The time that John spent with these residents confirmed again what he always knew, and he recommitted to be a champion for those whom others had forgotten.  


During his time in Tennessee state government, John decided that it would serve his dream well if he were to attend law school, and he enrolled in the University of Dayton School of Law and earned his Juris Doctorate. While in law school, John felt a growing desire to help children and families by running for a seat on the Board of Education of the Dayton City School District, which he won. John is now gratified to be the Board’s Vice President, where he represents nearly 150,000 people in Dayton, Riverside, Trotwood, Jefferson Township, and Harrison Township.

Following his graduation from law school, John served as a Deputy Clerk of Court in the Criminal and Traffic Division of the Franklin County Municipal Court. He concurrently served as an Adjunct Instructor of Political Science for Sinclair Community College, educating students in Montgomery and Clark Counties. 


John resides with his two rescue cats in Dayton’s Belmont neighborhood, where he proudly purchased his first home.


  • Vice President and Board Member, Dayton Board of Education

  • Deputy Clerk of Court, Criminal & Traffic Division, Franklin County Municipal Court

  • Sinclair Community College, Adjunct Professor of Political Science

  • Tennessee Dept. of Human Resources, Former Legislative Liaison & Public Info. Officer

  • Tennessee Department of State, Former Regulatory & Publications Specialist 

  • The White House, Executive Office of the President, Former Staff Assistant 


  • Juris Doctorate (J.D.), University of Dayton School of Law 

  • Bachelor of Arts (B.A.), Political Science, University of Memphis

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