President/ CEO, CleanTurn and She Has A Name Cleaning Services
John is a social entrepreneur with a distinct focus on changing the paradigm of how we think about the relationship between business and the social sector. After serving as a Sergeant in the US Marine Corps, John focused his career on creating small businesses focused on creating employment for men and women formerly impacted by homelessness, incarceration, human trafficking, domestic violence and other challenges.
Over the last decade, John has served on several non-profit boards and assisted with the creation and/or growth of nearly thirty social enterprises in Chicago, Cleveland and Columbus. In 2011 a handful of interested investors recruited John to help launch CleanTurn. CleanTurn launched in January 2012 and has since that time become one of Central Ohio’s leading social enterprises. CleanTurn has provided over 300 training and employment opportunities and created a social and economic return of over twenty-million dollars in Central Ohio.
John currently serves on the board of Columbus Area Integrated Health Services, Catholic Social Services, Franklinton Rising and was recently appointed to the Advisory Board for the Office of Enterprise Development for the State of Ohio’s Department of Rehabilitation and Corrections. John is a former candidate for Columbus City Council and actively engaged in public policy issues related to small businesses and social services. John holds five Master’s degrees focused on urban studies, religion, history, non-profit management and an MBA from Northwestern’s Kellogg School of Management. John is married with eight children and currently resides on the southwest side of Columbus.
In the News
Alleviating poverty through social entrepreneurship
John Rush, President and CEO of CleanTurn, speaking at the Alleviating Poverty Through Entrepreneurship Summit in Columbus, OH. 2/9/13
CleanTurn championing formerly unemployable
Taking a chance by hiring workers with felony records or a history of homelessness paid off for two Chicago nonprofits financed by a work-force development organization.
But when John Rush, who built both programs, was recruited to replicate his model in Columbus, he insisted on switching to a for-profit model.
Winners Announced for Central Ohio Social Entrepreneur of the Year Awards
Three companies were awarded for their ventures in social entrepreneurship at the Central Ohio Social Entrepreneur of the Year Awards sponsored by The Metropreneur and Rotary District 6690.
“The common thread between social entrepreneurs and Rotary is they didn’t wait for someone else to do it. They didn’t ask someone else to do it. They saw a problem and rolled up their sleeves to solve it,” says Lee Smith of the Rotary.