Executive Director - 1 BY 1 Ambassador
John Lawson has lived in Collier County for over 50 years, attending Gulf View Middle School prior to graduating from Naples High School in 1972. He spent time studying at several universities around the state of Florida prior to earning a degree in psychology and business from Eckerd College and returning to Southwest Florida where he has held a variety of leadership positions in not-for-profit agencies including TECH/ Step by Step, United Cerebral Palsy, Lutheran Service and The Guadalupe Center before helping to start 1by1Leadership Foundation in 2004, where he currently serves as Executive Director. He has been actively engaged in Immokalee social services and education for nearly 40 years, providing leadership to its service learning, mentoring, and youth development programs. He started Collier County’s first sheltered workshop and first group homes in the county while at TECH and is is a celebrated advocate for the Florida Abuse Hotline. His service to the community has been recognized by multiple Florida Governors who chose Lawson to serve as a Human Rights Advocate for people suffering from mental illness. During his time with TECH, Lawson contracted with the Collier County Public Schools to provide adequate Pre-K services to children with developmental disabilities, a program that was later expanded to become the Universal PreK program throughout Collier County. Over the years Lawson has served in a variety of civic organizations and has been a member of Moorings Presbyterian Church, where he began teaching Bible study classes in 1977 before rising to an elder and deacon. John is married to Amy Lawson an Advanced Placement Environmental Science teacher at Naples High School. The couple have two children, Stephen and Jessica.