Vice President, Training
Before joining NeighborWorks in 2002, John had a long and rewarding career with the Peace Corp serving as a volunteer; overseeing training for the Peace Corp’s InterAmerican and Pacific Region; volunteering for a private company that provided professional training for Peace Corp staff; and serving as Peace Corp Country Director in Paraguay.
He says the most important lesson he learned from his Peace Corp work is that people need tools to improve their lives. Which is exactly why NeighborWorks was the perfect next step for him. “No one provides people with better tools than NeighborWorks,” McCloskey says.
Currently, McCloskey serves as vice president of Training for NeighborWorks, overseeing training to community development practitioners from over 3,300 organizations in the United States and Puerto Rico.
A personal highlight of his NeighborWorks career was launching a new tool – online learning courses – to complement the organization’s in-person training. “By 2006, it was clear that online learning was more and more becoming a mode for people to learn,” says McCloskey. “So we funneled our resources to put our first courses online in May of 2008.” The work paid off. Today, NeighborWorks provides over 35 online courses in three format to go along with over 300 courses offered at four large institutes and up to 200 place-based trainings per year. The organization’s online training options have increased the number of certificates earned each year by an average of 20 percent.
McCloskey holds a master’s degree in adult education from Rutgers University. He received his bachelor’s degree from Rutgers University in 1978.