John Kern graduated from Colorado State University in Fort Collins with a bachelor’s degree in political science and a concentration in environmental policy. His studies focused on how to work with various stakeholders to spread the benefits of good environmental policy to all social and economic groups. John deployed overseas twice as an infantryman in the Marine Corps. He is interested in how policy can affect transitioning service members, an interest that grew from his own experience. He grew up in Phillipsburg, New Jersey.