Technical areas of expertise: International Development
John P. DeBlasio is the Chairman of DT Global and DT Institute, Founder and Executive Director of the Global Peace and Development (GPD) Charitable Trust, and the Managing Director of Bootstrap Capital.
John is currently serving on the Board of Directors of the Chicago Council on Global Affairs, Illinois Joining Forces Foundation, the Crown Center for Middle East Studies at Brandeis University, the Social Science Foundation (Korbel School of International Affairs at Denver University), Nuestros Pequenos Hermanos International (NPHI), and The Rafik Hariri Center for the Middle East, and MVP Vets.
What is the one thing in this world that you are most proud of?
In 2011, after I successfully sold Sallyport, I took the “Gates-Buffett Giving Pledge '' subsequently dedicating more than half (~85%) of my net worth to charitable causes by establishing the Global Peace and Development (GPD) Charitable Trust. Since inception, GPD has committed over $15 million in charitable contributions to over 23 organizations globally, with the primary goal of creating more opportunity for others to promote peace and democracy worldwide.
What's your favorite thing to do on weekends?
Sail, travel, and spend time with dear friends and family.
What's the one piece of advice you would give others about life?
You have a role to play in changing the arc of history.