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Special District

Mendocino Coast Health Care DistrictCandidate for Director

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John Redding

Chief Executive Officer
3,642 votes (18.04%)Winning
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My Top 3 Priorities

  • Create a culture that is respectfull, collegial and imbued with postivie energy. A culture that strives to continually improve.
  • Steadily imporve the hospital's finacnes
  • Not lose sight of the fact that we must plan for a new or renovated hospital in 11 short years.



Profession:Chief Executive Officer of a successful startup
Chief Executive Officer, UniGen Resources (2012–current)
Board of Directors, Mendocino Coast Botanical Gardens — Elected position (2006–2008)
Chair/Commissioner, Santa Clara County Parks and Recretation Commission — Appointed position (1994–2001)
Board President, Almaden Valley Youth Counseling Service — Appointed position (1971–1974)
Board President, Almaden Valley Youth Counseling Service — Appointed position (1971–1974)


Sanat Clara University MBA, Business (1979)
Purdue University Master of Science in Nuclear Engineering, Nuclear Phyiscs and Engineering (1974)
University of Notre Dame Bachelor of Science, Physics (1972)

Community Activities

Board President, Mendocino Area Parks Association (2004–2011)
Board President, Almaden Valley Youth Counseling Service (1971–1974)


After graduating from Purdue University with a MS in Nuclear Engineering (1974), I went to work for General Electric starting as an engineer. I was subsequently an engineering manager, a project manager, and ultimately the senior executive in charge of marketing and communications. I learned much about management and leadership from my days at GE. During that time, I earned my MBA from Santa Clara University.

I left GE in 2003 and worked as an energy consultant. Next, I was the co-founder of three energy related startups including UniGen Resources. We have recently completed work under a $650,000 research grant from the California Energy Commission to develop a renewable energy technology. We are working with a Clean Energy Authority on our first commercial project.

I enjoy working with non-profits and have been on the board of several over the years, including the Santa Clara County Parks and Recreation Commission (6 years, 2 as chair), Almaden Valley Youth Counseling Service (4 years, 2 as chair), Mendocino Area Parks Association (7 years, 3 as chair); and Mendocino Botanical Gardens (2 years).

Who supports this candidate?

Individuals (3)

  • Larry and Marylin Wagner
  • Dr. Peter Glusker
  • Mara Thomas

Political Beliefs

Political Philosophy

I strongly believe in more local control of our public inistitutions. The benefits of more decentralized government are: public input is more effective; genuine engagemetn (transparency) between government and the public; and policies closely tailored to the needs of the community.

Position Papers

Why I Am Running


The reasons why John Redding is running for the Board of Directors, MCDH

The upcoming vote for our hospital Board is likely to be the most important local election in recent memory. The new Board will shape not just the future of the hospital but that of our coastal community as well. A healthy hospital is a vital ingredient to any community and my campaign theme reflects that idea: “For a Healthy Hospital”.

As a Board member, I will pursue three priorites. One priority is to ensure that the hospital is financially sustainable and that means steadily improving the finances year after year. I applaud the community for approving the parcel tax because that will make our job easier. But we are not out the woods and we need to address financial issues with a sense of urgency.

A second priority is to not lose sight of the fact that we must be making plans for a new or renovated hospital. I will support a strategic planning process in which we hold frequent public meetings to get the public’s input. The Board must also build public support for the future hospital and that requires more transparency, that is, genuine engagement with the public by the new Board and the management.

Perhaps my top priority, because all the other priorities depend upon it, is to create a collegial and respectful culture at the hospital. I have learned from our years of experience that successful organizations are imbued with positive energy, accountability to each other and a spirit of cooperation.

Finally, I believe that people of the community are the “owners” of the hospital, that the Board’s purpose is to represent the interests of the owners and that the hospital is the means by which the public’s interest are pursued. With that perspective in mind, I went back to basics and prepared a new mission statement for the hospital:

“The mission of the hospital is to be a locally governed and financially sustainable community hospital that provides essential medical services close to home.” I invite you to consider this and to provide us with comments.

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