From left: Jun Ro, Jung Soon, John, and Morgan with Teddy, the family dog.

Meet John Park

“My family came to this country in the 1970s from South Korea when I was just a small child. My parents fought a military crackdown on a democratic movement, and we had to flee to America for our safety. My parents taught me to fight for what is right and never back down. It’s in my family’s blood.

From that experience, my parents instilled in me that our leaders must be servants first. Leaders must listen and serve the will of the people.

I work every day to inspire and be inspired by those I serve – whether it be at my job in public health or as a Brookhaven Councilmember. Since I was first elected to City Council in 2014, I’ve been leading through listening and engaging with neighbors to achieve the best results we can for all our residents. That sometimes requires me to stand up to powerful special interests or local elected officials to hold steadfast to our vision of Brookhaven as a safe haven of greenspaces and a community of character.

The Rest of the Story

My family and I first landed in Alabama when we immigrated to the United States from South Korea. I was only six years old, but I instantly fell in love with Southern hospitality, culture, and of course – football.

A few years later, we moved to Decatur, Georgia. I attended high school at Decatur High, where I played soccer, basketball and ran cross country. Upon graduation, I headed down the road to Emory University where I earned a bachelor’s in business administration from the Goizeuta Business School. After Emory, I started my technology consulting career at IBM.

Soon after the September 11th terrorist attacks, I left technology consulting to work on bioterrorism preparation at the Centers for Disease Control (CDC).

I met my wife, Morgan Harris, at Emory and we were married in 2003. We moved to Paris, France for two years, where Morgan practiced international finance law and I ate a lot of croissants. Upon our return, I continued my work as a contractor for the CDC at Northrop Grumman. In 2007, my family and I moved to Brookhaven and set down roots.

I am currently a technical consultant for surveillance of nationally notifiable diseases with the CDC and state health agencies and laboratories.  I helped build, and continue to maintain and modernize, the system that transmits COVID-19 (and other emerging disease) data across the public health departments of all 50 states and U.S. territories.

In our spare time, Morgan and I foster dogs for animal rescue organizations, enjoy biking, and we are avid Hawks and United fans. I play recreational soccer with a few neighbors at Silverbacks Park. You can often find my parents walking in the Ashford Forest Preserve or cooking meals for friends, family, and church members.

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Park for Mayor
Early voting begins today at Lynwood Rec Center. I’ve had a few questions from people about who I am supporting, as there are several judicial races. Attached is my voter guide! Happy to answer any questions! *And Rachel Krause and Scott McAfee (incumbents) in Fulton! ... See MoreSee Less
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Park To Be Next Brookhaven Mayor

Former Brookhaven City Councilmember John Park will be the city's next mayor after winning a runoff.

Also, Brookhaven Councilmember Linley Jones has been defeated in a runoff by Michael Diaz. #gapol

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