John Lenssen is a consultant who works with schools and organizations on issues of equity, leadership, culture, communication, conflict, bias, and organizational change. He is an adjunct faculty member at the UO, Portland State University, and Lewis & Clark College, teaching graduate courses in leadership, social justice, communication, conflict resolution, and cultural competency. He previously served as the team leader for the Access and Equity Team at the Oregon Department of Education, where he also served as the state coordinator for the Safe and Drug-Free Schools and Communities Program. He has also served as an administrator with the Educational Opportunities Program at Oregon State University and the Office of Minority Affairs at the University of Washington. He is a former community college instructor and head start teacher.
Lenssen currently serves as chair of the Oregon Leadership Network, is a board member for Sojourn Theatre, and is an advisor to the Salem/Keizer Coalition for Equality. He consults and collaborates with Stir Fry Seminars in Berkeley, with Education and Training Consultants, Inc. in Oregon, and Workplace Solutions in New York.