John C. Brauer, M.A.
For over 25 years, John Brauer has been assisting individuals experiencing homelessness, mental health challenges, and significant disabilities establish or re-establish their place in the world. Utilizing a complex and diverse set of programs and services, each of these challenges can be met and real change can happen both systematically and individually. Throughout John’s nonprofit career he has worked to expand both the scope and breadth of services offered for individuals who are experiencing homelessness either recently, or who have been living on the streets for years.
A serial entrepreneur, John has run over ten social enterprises for over 25 years, including nonprofit owned and operated businesses, including three cafes, two janitorial & landscaping enterprises, a clerical training and placement unit, and a full production division which provided employment for hundreds of individuals on a daily basis.
Before joining Union Station Homeless Services in November of 2016 as their CEO, John was the CEO of NW Works, a non-profit agency that provides employment, training and support services to individuals with disabilities and other barriers to employment. In 2015, John spearheaded the launch of Firefly Café & Bakery, the newest addition to the NW Works business portfolio. Firefly is a full service café and bakery which trains individuals in various aspects of food service while providing fresh, made-from-scratch gourmet breakfast and lunches to the community.
Prior to his work in the non-profit sector, John owned and ran two for-profit businesses. John is the past president of the Kiwanis Club of Winchester, and the past Chairman of the Board for the Top of Virginia Regional Chamber. In addition, John is an adjunct professor for Florida State University where he teaches for graduate level courses in Budget & Finance and Personnel Management for the Department of Social Work at Florida State University.