John Fetterman discusses the obstacles that he faced in his life and how that changed his perspective. He examines how recognizing his mortality changed who he was, what he believed, and what he fought for.
John Fetterman has served as mayor of Braddock for more than 10 years. After winning by a single vote, John threw out the traditional political playbook and worked to break the cycles of poverty and violence that were decimating Braddock by embracing creative ideas solutions. From a new community center to urban gardens and new businesses, Mayor John is charting a new path for Braddock. John grew up in York County and went on to earn a bachelor’s degree in finance from Albright College. He also holds an MBA from the University of Connecticut and a master’s in public policy from Harvard. While living in CT, John joined Big Brothers/Big Sisters. Confronted by the stark disparity between his own life and that of his ‘little’, John quit his position in risk management and joined AmeriCorps. In 2001, John started a GED program in the town of Braddock, one of the poorest and most troubled communities in the commonwealth. He was elected mayor of Braddock in 2005 and is now in his third term.
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