VOICE OF THE EDITOR & CHIEF
John “Bubba” Washington has over 28 years as an entrepreneur and community advocate. His work titles over this time include equity facilitator, intervention specialist, land use developer, social service provider, community activist, small business consultant and national publisher/editor/ television producer; you'd maybe think he was just born with it. The truth is that Mr. John Washington is one of those rare individuals you meet in life who has come full circle. Born onto the mean streets of Patterson, New Jersey, he rose through the ashes and rubble of mean streets that claimed many of his family, friends and neighbors, to become a powerhouse of inspiration and encouragement. He attended Rutgers University where he was an All-American football player. With the death of his father through substance abuse related illness, Mr. Washington was led to pursue addiction studies at Washington State University and Evergreen University. After graduation, he set up his practice in Oregon; he realized his dream of making an impact on the field of addiction recovery when Marion County hired him to design programming that would serve and treat historically hard-to-reach ethnic youth and families in the areas of drug/alcohol and gang intervention. As a result, Inside Out Care was founded and successfully administered treatment based programs for targeted populations.
Realizing his passion for giving voice to and empowering people of color, he decided to enter the world of media through acquisition of Flossin Media, a full-service surround sound media and marketing production company. Flossin Media publishes a successful quarterly, Flossin Magazine, an inspirational, motivational and educational publication that highlights formulas for success, and reaches out through the digital realm via Flossin TV. Through the provision of culturally specific media production and marketing outreach services, his editorials and content have garnered relationships locally and nationally, including with companies such as Comcast, BET and MTV. He currently serves his community by advocating for small businesses and youth entrepreneurs as the Chair of the North/Northeast Business Association. In this role he leads the “Green Lighting Black Lives Matter Youth Media Project”, a training program that engages young people ages 14-26 the practical application of film and video while helping them develop authentic storytelling from the Black experience perspective. He is also the current Chair of the Art & Design committee for Prosper Portland/RAAC where he helps oversee the selection of artist and design for the Vanport Development project and the District Identity Placemaking of the Soul District. Past board affiliations include Governor Ted Kulongoski‘s Juvenile Justice Task Force committee, Salvation Army White Shield. Currently he is Board Chair of NNEBA, Board member of Venture Portland and a proud member of the Most Honorable Prince Hall Masons and Coalition of Black Men. He is the Father of 4, Grandfather of 2 and a former foster parent to over 24 young people over the course of the past 20 years, many who still refer to him as “Pops” to this day.