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John M. Wagner, MPA

Director of Community Relations
Phone: 702-895-0017


John Wagner has overcome much to be where he is today. Intermittently homeless as a child with his single mother and two older siblings, he developed a strong desire to rise above his situation and prove himself. He succeeded. After graduating from Clark High School with honors, he became the first in his family to go to college.

Following college graduation, John began working as an Environmental Specialist at the Southern Nevada Health District while attending night school and volunteering his time to direct the Nonprofit Nevada Environmental Health Association as its President and Executive Director. John now holds a Graduate Certificate in Public Management and a Master's Degree in Public Administration from UNLV.

Today, he serves as the Director of Community Relations at the UNLV Nonprofit, Community and Leadership Initiative. Tirelessly, he dedicates himself to the Initiative’s goals of building capacity, developing leadership and fostering community in the nonprofit and public sectors. John is finishing his Ph.D. in Public Affairs studying how to maximize the effectiveness of nonprofit board leadership.