Dick’s Drive-In Restaurants family board member and President of the Forum Foundation
While John has recently retired from Dick’s Drive-In Restaurants he is still considered the curator of the extensive civic legacy of his father, Richard Spady (namesake of the family owned business.) John is a member of the National Coalition for Dialogue and Deliberation (NCDD.org) and is a lifetime member of the International Association for Public Participation (US Chapter: IAP2USA.org). Alongside the Honorable Conrad Lee, Councilmember for the City of Bellevue, John created the American Immigration Forums in 2011 — a way for students to study important issues and engage diverse community in dialogue and values discernment on national policy using his foundation’s in-kind resources. John is also president of the Forum Foundation in Seattle — created by his father for research and continued development of the Opinionnaire® Survey system — the foundation’s board seeks to enhance the practical opportunities for improved civic discourse among diverse communities of people. The Foundation helped establish the Countywide Community Forums (of King County) which ran from 2007-2011 and involved thousands of county residents in large scale “symbolic dialogue” on timely issues. John received his undergraduate degree from Seattle Pacific University and his graduate degree from the University of Oregon.