JOHN MELVILLE • President and COO
John Melville is Director and Co-Founder of Collaborative Economics, Mountain View, California and an advisor to civic leaders nationwide. Over the past 20 years, John and his partners have worked with public and private leaders in over 40 communities across the U.S. and abroad, helping them launch concrete, collaborative initiatives to improve regional innovation, economic development, and quality of life.
He has been a consultant to the California Economic Strategy Panel, California’s state economic strategy process linked to industry clusters and regions, and the State Workforce Investment Board. He was primary author of the Clusters of Opportunity Users Guide, and designer of the Clusters of Opportunity Training Sessions.
John has worked extensively in California to help develop regional innovation and economic strategies for Silicon Valley, Sonoma, Sacramento, Tri-Valley, Santa Barbara, San Diego, the Central Valley, and others. He was primary consultant to the Humboldt County Workforce Investment Board, which used the clusters of opportunity methodology to identifying promising areas for development. He has worked with the Great Valley Center on research projects focusing on the economic futures of the San Joaquin and Sacramento Valley regions, renewable energy as an economic and environmental opportunity for the Valley, and health services as an economic priority and source of jobs with career potential. In addition, he has worked with Next 10 in developing the California Green Innovation Index.
John co-founded Collaborative Economics in July 1993 after a decade as a senior policy analyst with SRI International’s Center for Economic Competitiveness. At SRI, John directed and worked on projects in many regions, including Austin, Texas, Arizona, Florida, and California; as well as internationally, including projects on the economic future of Hong Kong, an assessment of university programs and policies across Europe to encourage regional innovation on behalf of the Universidad Complutense in Madrid, Spain; and industry cluster development in Indonesia.
He holds an A.B. with honors in political science from Stanford University.