John Cardone

Co-Founder & Principal

John Cardone is the co-founder and principal of Being Design Inc where he helps mission-driven organizations increase their impact through better use of technology and design. Through his leadership in branding, marketing, and business model innovation, John is relentlessly focused on creating positive impact for his clients and his community.

With a background in public art, John cut his teeth in Syracuse, NY, where he ran a community arts center, developed after-school art programs, hosted a monthly slam poetry night, and served for one year as the city’s public artist in residence. After 5 years in the public art world, John changed careers and decided to try his hand at entrepreneurship. He founded Being Design hoping to increase his social impact by empowering organizations focused on empowering others.

When not on the job, you will most likely find John at a local coffee shop, or taking long walks through the city with his wife and 1 year old daughter. An avid traveler and student of culture, he has lived in France, Mexico, and Senegal, and speaks Spanish and French fluently. In his spare time, John co-facilitates a small group for young families, as well as a semi-annual retreat to prepare engaged couples for healthy marriages.

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