John Govea

Program Director, Immigrant Rights and Integration – Evelyn and Walter Haas, Jr. Fund

John Govea is the Program Director for Immigrant Rights and Integration at the Evelyn & Walter Haas, Jr. Fund. He joined the Haas, Jr. Fund staff in 2017 after 10 years with the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation in New Jersey, where he managed national programs and initiatives focused on childhood obesity and health equity. Born and raised in Bakersfield, California, John is descended from Mexican immigrants who settled in California. His father came to the United States under the bracero program during World War II to work on the Santa Fe Railroad. John started his professional career as an attorney representing farmworkers in rural California. He has worked on the staffs of the Community Foundation for Monterey Country and the David and Lucile Packard Foundation, and was senior program officer with the State of California’s California Service Corps, where he oversaw implementation of the state’s AmeriCorp program.