John Hardman is the CEO of WildArk, an effort to protect as much of the world’s biodiversity as possible, while inspiring people to reconnect with nature through various digital and physical experiential learning offerings. John also serves as the Managing Director of Internative Investment Group, a business advisory and investment firm located in Atlanta, Georgia. Prior to starting Internative, John was Vice President of Granite Holdings and GeoFields, Inc., and served as President and Investment Manager of First Light Ventures, an early stage venture philanthropy fund affiliated with Gray Ghost Ventures. John also practiced corporate law at Sutherland Asbill & Brennan, worked in financial management services at Synovus, and taught school in the Dominican Republic.
Active in the community, John serves as the Co-Chair of the Grady Ambassador Force, on the Georgia Cities Foundation Board of Directors, the Chattahoochee Now Board of Directors, the Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta Emerging Leaders for Children’s board, the Culture Connect Board of Directors, the Woodruff Arts Center Foundations Committee, and the Bobby Dodd Institute Auxiliary Board. He is President of the Southeast Region of the USIAA and has been a member of the Emory University Board of Visitors, the Atlanta Technology Angels, Atlanta CEO Council, and a TiE Charter member. In 2012, he was recognized by the Atlanta Business Chronicle as one of the 40 under 40 rising business and community leaders in Atlanta, and is a 2013 SECF Hull Fellow, 2012 Marshall Memorial Fellow, an alumnus of the LEAD Atlanta Class of 2012, Outstanding Atlanta Class of 2013, and alumnus of the Urban Land Institute Center for Leadership Class of 2016. He is a term member of the Council on Foreign Relations. John has a BA from Stanford University, a JD from the University of Virginia School of Law and a MBA from INSEAD.