John Vranas

Chief Strategy Officer, Make-A-Wish International

John Vranas is the Chief Strategy Officer for Make-A-Wish International where he oversees the creation and execution of all global projects. He serves as the leader and strategy advisor to the CEO and the International Board of Directors, working to ensure that the enterprise continues to expand globally and reach every child that is eligible for their one true wish.

John joined Make-A-Wish in 2014 as the Chief Marketing Officer for Make-A-Wish America. He led the repositioning of the brand. The new marketing strategy changed the wish story narrative to include greater storytelling, focusing on the need and impact of the 30,000 wishes granted around the world. Those efforts led to record benchmark levels in recognition, equity, and favorability. In combination with this repositioning, key strategic initiatives doubled the social media impact, while being a leader in social media engagement. In September 2016 he was promoted to the chief strategy role for Make-A-Wish International.

Before Make-A-Wish, John was Vice President of Fundraising for Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF) and Senior Vice President of Field Operations at ALSAC/St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. He graduated from Old Dominion University in Norfolk VA with a B.S.B.A degree in Financial Management. He currently lives in Phoenix AZ with his wife, Angi.

Make-A-Wish is a global organization, led by staff and volunteers in 51 countries, powered by the belief that we transform lives one wish at a time.