Vice President for Marketing and Communications
John Mozena is vice president for marketing and communications for the Mackinac Center. He joined the Center in 2016 from Franco Public Relations Group in Detroit, where he was an account director and member of the agency’s leadership team.
A long-time advocate for free markets and liberty in his personal life, John brings a diverse breadth of professional experience leading strategic communications campaigns for public, private, governmental and nonprofit organizations of all sizes to the Mackinac Center. His clients have ranged from some of the world’s largest corporations to small nonprofits and entrepreneurial startups; from beloved consumer- facing brands to national industry trade associations.
John’s path to communications and marketing began in journalism, where he began his professional career as a print reporter and editor covering Michigan’s health care industry. He also received his introduction to the realities of the legislative process as a credentialed reporter for the state House and Senate during this time, which accelerated his interest in limited government.
His policy advocacy experience dates back to 1997, when he co-founded the Coalition Against Unsolicited Commercial E-Mail (CAUCE), a grassroots organization that worked toward a market-based solution to the problem of spam email. As a board member and chief spokesperson for the organization, John was an advocate for state and federal legislation giving Internet users and network owners civil legal tools against spammers who were distributing their advertisements via private networks without permission.
He holds an accreditation in public relations (APR) from the Public Relations Society of America and certifications in disaster public affairs from the American Red Cross, for whom he volunteers as a disaster public affairs specialist and Disaster Action Team leader.
John is a baseball nerd and rabid Tigers fan. He and his wife and son also take minor-league soccer far too seriously as mask-wearing, smoke bomb-waving supporters of Detroit City FC.