John possesses extensive public and private sector experience, including work creating philanthropic partnerships with regional, national, and global corporations, as well as work in aligning corporate giving and business strategies for one of the nation’s leading media and entertainment corporations.
In the past, John led Northeastern University’s office of foundation relations and corporate partnerships. In this capacity, John forged strategic philanthropic relationships with numerous financial services, technology, media, and manufacturing corporations. Previously, John served in several roles over a period of ten years for New York-based Cablevision Systems Corporation where he was a regional vice president for public affairs and local programming and corporate vice president for government affairs with responsibility for federal, state, and local government affairs for the company’s cable TV operations. John’s public sector experience includes work as the state cable television commissioner under Massachusetts Governor William F. Weld. In addition, Urban later oversaw the Massachusetts Office of Business Development and the Massachusetts Office of International Trade and Investment. In addition, early in his career, John was a tenure-track assistant professor of Telecommunications at the State University of New York – Institute of Technology at Utica-Rome. John holds a BA from American International College and an MPA in telecommunications from George Washington University.