The Golden Valley Community Foundation’s Board of Directors is a diverse group of 15 members, all committed to GVCF’s mission of using philanthropy, community initiatives and funding support to address the changing needs and interests of Golden Valley neighbors and friends.
As we work to get to know the community even better, we thought it would be nice for the community (you!) to get to know us a little better, too. Each month, we’ll introduce you to one of our board members on our social media sites.
This month, we’re introducing John Kluchka, GVCF’s Secretary and Marketing team leader. Professionally, John brings 20 years of experience from the healthcare industry where he held multiple positions supporting communications, design, project management, sales, account management, R&D, product management, digital engagement and others. John’s passion for Golden Valley speaks for itself, as he tells us below.
GVCF: What made you want to join the GVCF board?
John Kluchka: I’ve been involved in neighborhood engagement and volunteering for many years, including leadership work with Envision Golden Valley and Golden Valley’s Planning Commission. I also participated in the Douglas Drive Corridor study and the Brookview Community Center Task Force. Along my path of civic participation, I’ve met many committed, thoughtful and compassionate individuals and families, both city-wide as neighbors, and city staff.
I joined GVCF in 2016 as an Executive Board member and Secretary as a way of translating my business and community experience into new community building opportunities. I lead our Marketing team and am always interested in meeting new recruits! I also volunteer with the Golden Valley Pride Festival as its co-chair, sponsorship coordinator and spokesperson.
GVCF: What interested you most about the organization?
JK: The Foundation is a young, grass-roots volunteer organization, and it’s ready to transform into a strong community builder. I loved the focus on supporting startup ideas to build community, and then seeing them through to long-term success. It’s a great opportunity to make a difference in how Golden Valley grows.
GVCF: What are your personal aspirations about serving on the board?
JK: GVCF’s roots are from one of my first experiences in volunteering in Golden Valley – the Envision Golden Valley project. That really inspired me to think about our community’s long-term opportunities, which became a natural launch pad into the Golden Valley Planning Commission where I’ve spent 12 years supporting the land use planning process. Now, new opportunities to build community are happening, and GVCF is a key driver of those – including Golden Valley Pride Festival, Market in the Valley, Arts & Music Festival and the new Golden Valley Arts League!
I proposed the launch of the Golden Valley Arts League (in partnership with GVCF) out of a pent up community need for supporting and growing the arts in our community. Art is everywhere and can enhance every person’s experience of our city and our sense of place. Plus, through the City’s new Public Art approach, GVAL helps to organize and manage new art in our community spaces.
GVCF: You mentioned the GV Pride Festival – tell me more about it.
JK: Golden Valley Pride Festival is headed into its second year on Saturday, June 11, at Brookview Park. We have so many wonderful activities planned, plus a wide variety of food trucks, live music, beer garden and so much more. The community has been impressively supportive, especially our sponsors and donors who help make this happen. Plus, our volunteer team is just a great team of GV residents who enjoy this opportunity to create unity in our community.