Board of Trustee
John Misselwitz has been a “word guy” from the jump – a genetic predisposition he suspects was furthered being raised in a multi-generational immigrant family where faith and education were the priorities of each and every day.
John’s professional life started in journalism covering the suburbs of Hartford, Connecticut, eventually transitioning into marketing and public relations for the Visiting Nurses Association prior to entering corporate communications in 2000.
He contributed 15 years of communications support to a variety of science and engineering disciplines within United Technologies (now Raytheon Technologies), including Hamilton Sundstrand, Pratt & Whitney Engineering, and the United Technologies Research Center. His contributions supported people and programs serving the U.S. military and energy sectors; industrial application; and scientists, researchers and engineers dedicated to expanding our collective knowledge base and advancing the possible.
“Every problem has within it the seeds of its own solution.”
John’s experience helping world-class technical experts advance their research taught him the value of listening and collaborating when trying to balance detail and passion with the practical.
He hopes to serve students in BRDG in similar ways, helping 1st generation STEM students create a connection with a future that may prove even greater than what they know or desire.
“Whether you believe you can or you can’t, you’re correct.”
In 2006, John founded jmcm communications, a communications, marketing, and public relations consultancy that partners with for-profit and nonprofit companies to share their stories.
His credits in video production include campaigns for United Technologies/Raytheon Technologies; Hartford Steam Boiler; PW Power Systems; Fuss & O’Neill (engineering consultancy); Carl Marks (financial advisors); the Diocese of Bridgeport, Connecticut; and the Archdiocese of Hartford, Connecticut.
John is a past board member and active volunteer supporter for Project Esperanza, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit started by students from Virginia Tech focused on educating youths in the northern Dominican Republic
who are primarily Haitian emigrants living in at-risk environments. He also is an active member of St. Josephine Bakhita parish in Rocky Hill, Connecticut.
“Walk with the dreamers, the believers, the courageous, the cheerful, the planners, the doers, the successful people with their heads in the clouds and their feet on the ground. Let their spirit ignite a fire within you to leave this world better than when you found it.”
He holds a Master of Arts degree in Comparative Literature from New York University (’91) and a Bachelor of Arts degree in English from Villanova University (’88).