John Eshun is a Prevention Coordinator with Community Advocates Public Policy Institute. Under the Partnership for Success grant from the Wisconsin Department of Health Services, John provides training and technical assistance to substance abuse prevention coalitions in Milwaukee and Kenosha Counties. He assists in implementing the grant goals and objectives and reports all progress to the Department of Health Services. Before working under the Partnership for Success grant, John coordinated the 53206 Drug-Free Communities Program funded by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration and the Office of National Drug Control Policy. Under the Drug-Free Communities Program, he was responsible for working with a coalition of people to build community collaboration and prevent alcohol and marijuana use among young people in the zip code 53206.
John started his work in Milwaukee as an organizer for Common Ground, an affiliate of Metro IAF. He worked in the Sherman Park neighborhood and organized the redevelopment of abandoned and foreclosed homes. John helped organize the acquisition, redevelopment, and sales of homes in Sherman Park to homeowners as a part of the Milwaukee Rising program to stabilize the housing market. He also organized churches and residents to address public safety issues and the lack of redevelopment in commercial corridors. John worked with other nonprofits as well as residential and community leaders to drive more investment and beautification for Sherman Park.
John graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee with a Bachelor's of Science in Criminal Justice and a minor in Spanish. He serves on the Strategy Team for Common Ground.