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The Generations Project Welcomes Mark St. John

In January 2015, The Generations Project was pleased to welcome Mark St. John as the organization’s legislative and public policy representative.  Since that time Mark has represented TGP and the Indiana Home Care Task Force at the General Assembly and in communications with public agencies.  Mark is doing a wide array of policy and education tasks that were heretofore done by TGP founder, John Cardwell, who resigned from an active staff role at the end of December.  John is continuing his involvement with TGP as a board member.  As a volunteer, John will continue to manage certain business and policy tasks for the project.  Regarding Mark, John Cardwell said:  “The Generations Project is very fortunate to have the services of Mark St. John.  He is an experienced, smart and savvy advocate, and will serve the organization, and most importantly, senior citizens and persons with disabilities competently and with determination in the public policy arena.”

According to Elmer Blankenship, board president, “Engaging the services of Mark St. John is an important investment in the future and the mission of The Generations Project.  He will serve us well.”

Mark St. John is the Principal of St. John & Associates, a governmental affairs group representing clients before the Indiana General Assembly, state agencies, and municipal government.

Mark’s career includes more than 30 years of ongoing services to social / human service needs populations, including abused and neglected children, at-risk youth, homeless persons, families in distress, migrant and seasonal farmworkers, persons with HIV/AIDS, people with mental illness, senior citizens, and people with disabilities.

A graduate of the Indiana University School of Public and Environmental Affairs, Mark has been extensively involved in a number of professional and community organizations, including the Children’s Coalition of Indiana, Citizens Health Center, Concerned Clergy of Indianapolis; Equality Federation / Equality Federation Institute, Governmental Affairs Society of Indiana, Indiana Affordable Housing Conference, Indiana Association for Community Economic Development, Indiana Civil Rights Commission Fair Housing Task Force, Indiana Coalition for Human Services, Indiana Stonewall Democrats, King Park Area Development Corporation, Mary Rigg Neighborhood Center, Mozel Sanders Foundation Thanksgiving Dinner, Greater Indianapolis Branch of the NAACP, Optimist Club of Indianapolis, Pathway to Recovery (transitional housing program), PathStone, Inc (multi-state community development corporation), State of Indiana Electronic Benefits Transfer Commission, and the State of Indiana HUD Consolidated Plan Coordinating Committee.


John Cardwell retired as exectuive director of The Generations Project in early 2015. On Monday, February 2, John and his wife, Nancy Griffin, were honored by the General Assembly for their many years of hard work on behalf of Indiana senior citizens and their unique health care needs. Both John and Nancy will be serving as board members of The Generations Project as they explore the possiblities for their retirement.

You may continue to reach John at the link below.

John Cardwell is the originator of The Generations Project and served as director from 2001 until January 2015. From 1985 until 2004 Mr. Cardwell served as the legislative director of the Citizens Action Coalition and as the program director of the Citizens Action Coalition Education Fund. His career with CAC and CACEF began as a community organizer and economic policy specialist in 1981. Mr. Cardwell has chaired the Indiana Home Care Task Force since 1986, coordinated the advocacy campaign for the 1987 CHOICE home care act, and drafted the model legislation for the Task Force that was enacted by the Indiana General Assembly in April 2003 as Senate Enrolled Act 493. Mr.Cardwell has also served as the president of the Indiana Coalition for Human Service, the chairperson of Common Cause/Indiana, as a member of the Governor's Citizens Commission on Taxes, and on numerous boards and commissions. He holds B.S. and M.S. degrees from Indiana University and has been a lecturer in psychology at universities in Indiana and Nigeria. John may be reached at 317-441-3812.



Write the project at:

The Generations Project
P.O. Box 1742, Indianapolis, IN 46206