John Gunter, Jr. is a prolific IT professional, humanitarian, husband, father, speaker, and writer. He is epitomized by creative thinking, brilliant intuition, insight, and encourages others to ‘Lift as they climb’. John holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Information Systems from Illinois State University and a Master’s in Computer Information Systems from Georgia State University.
Currently, John works as the Head of Threat & Vulnerability Management at Electronic Arts (EA), and serves as the Austin lead for the BEAT (Black EA Team) resource group. He has fostered several initiatives and partnerships with local Austin programs such as American YouthWorks professional networking program, and The Thinkery’s game creation lab. While also assisting and creating pipelines for underrepresented students in the Austin and Pflugerville local school districts to gaming careers. He has help foster relationships with Huston-Tillotson and University of Texas to give insight on the technology industry and create student lead gaming programs.
John is the creator of #DADn, a fatherhood lifestyle brand specifically for Black and minority fathers and dedicated to uplifting them along with aligning programs for enrichment. He is also the founder of the QC Mental Growth Initiative. A program that allows QC local minorities to learn and discover mental health and its affects on the community. The initiative was created in 2014, pairing individuals with therapist and medical attention. In the last 6 years the QC Mental Growth Initiative has equipped many with tools and actions plans to understand their mental health.
John is passionate about developing local programs of community enrichment, he has assisted in building over 20+ Habitat for Humanity houses, and yearly serves as a Team Coordinator for March of Dimes, March for Babies. Outside of community betterment, John is an avid video gamer and spends his free time writing, reading, or slaying dragons.