Prior to his consulting work, Dr. John Hancock served as Executive Director of the Spokane Symphony and the Pasadena POPS Orchestra, Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of the Milwaukee Symphony, and Orchestra Manager and Grants Administrator for the Toledo Symphony.

He began writing proposals in 1978, assisting vital institutional progress for all his organizations. Corporate grant projects include Bank of America, Wells Fargo, Sterling Savings, Key Bank, and Target.   His extensive national foundation experience includes Gates, Paul Allen, Murdock, Kresge, Komen, Jewett, Knight, Robert Wood Johnson, and Mellon foundations.  Federal agencies include CDC, USDA, Departments of Energy and Education, HRSA, National Endowments for the Arts and the Humanities, and National Trust for Historic Preservation.  State agencies include Washington, Ohio, Michigan, Indiana, Wisconsin, and Iowa.

He has also secured awards from regional grantors: Avista, Empire Health Foundation, Women Helping Women, Herak, and Inland NW Community Foundation.  In Spokane, his Fox Theater advocacy won substantial funding from the State of Washington. As an educational program designer, he created new partnerships with public and private schools, community centers, juvenile courts, and a school for Native Americans.

Deep Creek Consulting clients, since 2007, include Catholic Charities, Volunteers of America, Boy Scouts of America, Volunteers of America, Providence Health Care Foundation, Spokane Public Market, 2nd Harvest, Project Access, Spokane Guilds’ School, Community-Minded Enterprises, Lincoln County Health District, Center for Justice, Empire Health Foundation, St. Al’s Catholic School, and Hospice of North Idaho.

Interagency collaborations and program start-ups have been a specialty. He has provided executive leadership of annual campaigns, capital & endowment giving, corporate sponsorship, marketing and public relations, program design, building projects, strategic planning, leadership search, and board development.

His education includes the University of Michigan, Boston University, and the Graduate Business School of Stanford University.