John Crooks joined Emerald Youth Foundation in 2006.
A native of Baltimore, Maryland, John's family relocated to Knoxville when he was a child – a full circle move that brought them back to the city where John's great-grandfather worked for Southern Railway Company and raised his family, including John's grandmother, at a home on North Broadway.
John is a Farragut High School alumnus and graduated from the University of Tennessee's College of Communication and Information. For more than a decade, John worked in on-air and management roles with WIVK, WNOX, WOKI and WNML, including as producer for Hallerin Hilton Hill. John also worked with a local public relations and marketing firm before joining Emerald Youth.
John considers it a blessing and joy to provide leadership across a broad spectrum of disciplines for Emerald Youth including public relations, marketing, advertising, digital communications, brand management, event production and fundraising. And thanks to Canva, he also pretends to be a graphic designer on occasion.
John is a news junkie who away from work can be found cooking, playing the piano, or singing on the worship team at Fellowship Church North. He and his wife reside in northwest Knoxville with their three daughters and an adopted cat, Gracie.