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Mission Leadership

Professional Experience

John G. Samaan, MBA, M Div., CFRE, has been involved with various aspects of not-for-profit organizations, executive leadership development, and fundraising for more than 35 years. He served in several executive leadership positions in social service organizations, international organizations, Christian outreach organizations, and Rescue Missions. John served in the heart of Skid Row, Los Angeles, for several years. For more than 25 years, he has served as President of the Boston Rescue Mission.

He holds a Bachelor of Science in Engineering, a Master of Business Administration, a Master of Divinity degree, and is a Certified Fund Raising Executive (CFRE).


Certificate in Performance Measurements and Management for Social Agencies, Harvard Business School 

Master of Divinity, International Theological Seminary
Masters in Business Administration, University of Baltimore
Bachelor of Science in Engineering, University of Alexandria

Career Accomplishments

John G. Samaan was born and raised in Alexandria, Egypt. He began serving among the poor as a teenager by visiting families in the slums of Alexandria. For years he has been involved in organizations that serve the poor, both in the United States and abroad.

For his leadership, John has earned recognition from President Bill Clinton and Vice President Al Gore, recognition from Los Angeles Mayor Tom Bradley, Boston Mayors Tom Menino and Marty Walsh, Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker, the Boston City Council, the Massachusetts State Senate, as well as the House of Representatives. John received the Boston Celtics Hero Award during their World Championship 2007-2008 season.

John has been commissioned as a Kentucky Colonel. The award is presented by the Governor of the state of Kentucky to people who make exceptional efforts to enrich the world.


John has authored the book Parables to Live By, with 60,000 copies in print, and contributed several articles to management, faith-based, and Missions periodicals.


John Samaan 25 Years of Service and Counting

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