John Waldron, Ed.D
The LGBTQ Center of Southern Nevada
John Waldron, Ed.D, has lived in Southern Nevada for 42 years after moving to the area from New York as a teenager. He spent 25 years in newspaper advertising operations with Stephens Media, LLC, former owners of the Las Vegas Review-Journal. John served as the Director of Advertising Operations leading teams supporting sales and marketing departments for newspapers in nine states.
During his time in the newspaper business, John created the leadership development program LEAP. LEAP is a six-month course for emerging and seasoned leaders that helps participants discover and create greater purpose in their roles as leaders. John has led the program for 15 years and went on to develop leaders in private and public companies, and the nonprofit sector.
John worked for two years with Opportunity Village in human resources as the Director of Organizational Development. Working with the clients and staff at Opportunity Village was a life-changing experience for John where he was able to develop a passion for serving in the nonprofit community. He left Opportunity Village and accepted a chance to lead learning and development at Boyd Gaming where he would facilitate leadership development for leaders across the country.
John has worked with local organizations to raise funds and provide school supplies for local elementary students in at-risk communities, served as a mentor to junior and senior students at UNLV, worked with students in both private and public schools in Las Vegas facilitating events helping prepare students to succeed as leaders, and has served as an official for the Nevada State Spelling Bee for the past 11 years. He holds a bachelor’s degree in social sciences, a master’s in organizational management, and a doctorate from St. Thomas University in leadership and management. He is an adjunct instructor in the business school at the College of Southern Nevada and has conducted academic research on the challenges of nonprofit organizations and the development of emerging nonprofit leaders to meet those challenges.
In January 2019, John was fortunate to be given the opportunity to serve the LGBTQ+ community in Southern Nevada as CEO of The LGBTQ Center. Prior to accepting his current role at The Center, John represented Boyd Gaming on The Center's board. In addition to his position with The Center, John serves as president of the board of directors for CARE Coalition, an organization working to educate the public in the prevention of drug and alcohol abuse, as well as a member of the Board of Trustees for Nevada School of the Arts.