John King, an emerging leader, is head of Marketing and Communications at SparkCognition, the global leader in cognitive computing analytics. John drives the company's external activities, developing and executing communications and media strategy.
Prior to joining SparkCognition, John served as the Director of Clean Energy and Power Technology at the Greater Austin Chamber of Commerce. John led collaborative efforts with the City of Austin, Austin Energy, UT Austin's Clean Energy Incubator, The Pecan Street Inc., CleanTX, The State of Texas, and other Austin clean energy industry stakeholders in building Austin’s clean energy economy.
Before joining the Chamber, John was the Executive Director of CleanTX, the clean technology industry group for Central Texas. As Executive Director, John led the reorganization and rebranding of CleanTX, transitioning the organization from local event production to an internationally recognized cluster development group focused on strategic partnerships, community development, thought leadership, education, and information dissemination.
A third generation Austinite, John has been recognized for his work in the community by the Austin Business Journal's 2013 "Who's Who in Energy" List, and by the Young Men's Business League and Young Woman's Alliance as the 2013 Austin Under 40 Awardee for Science and Technology. John served as the Chair of the City of Austin’s Economic Prosperity Commission, and is an Advisory Board Member for SXSW Eco. He has served as Chair of the Austin Young Chamber of Commerce (AYC), Vice Chair of CleanTX, and as a Board Director for Pecan Street Inc. As a Truman National Security Project Political Partner, a Next Generation Project Texas Fellow, and a graduate of Leadership Austin Emerge and Essential, John is dedicated to active leadership in the community.