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John J. Jablowski, M.P.A.

Senior Advisor

Background & Experience

John J. Jablowski, Jr., MPA brings over three decades of experience in creating collaborations that build thriving communities. His efforts continue to create partnerships that drive transformational innovations to improve efficiencies and create a better quality of life.

Mr. Jablowski currently serves as President of the Pennsylvania Association of Township Commissioners (PSTAC) helping lead the efforts of a state-wide association empowering leadership in the Commonwealth’s Townships of the First Class. He was recently sworn in for a 4th Term as a Member of Wilkes-Barre Township Council which has become one of the destination hubs of Northeastern Pennsylvania.

Throughout his career, he has cumulatively managed over $2 Billion in community development financing and fiscal management for local governments and authorities and serves as Senior Vice-President of M&T Bank Government Banking Division. In this role, Mr. Jablowski provides executive leadership in partnering with hundreds of Pennsylvania local governments and regional authorities by engaging in community improvement and infrastructure project financing, operational fiscal management, and investment strategies.

He has served as Senior Vice-President at the Alliance for Innovation where he enabled public-private collaborations with leading global and regional private sector entities to drive local government innovation and organizational transformation across the United States and Canada.

Mr. Jablowski was the Township Manager for Tobyhanna Township, Monroe County where he led the township to become debt free, maintained a 128% funded pension plan, provided regionalized services, and helped advance a $350+ million public private partnership creating one of North America’s largest entertainment destination projects.

With a career in public service, he was selected at age 21 as District Director for the Pennsylvania House Majority Policy Chair, being the youngest person to serve in this role in representing a multi-county Northwestern Pennsylvania region. Later he served a Congressional Assistant in the United States House of Representatives helping constituents in Central and Northeastern Pennsylvania.

At age 23, he was elected Mayor of Ashley Borough, becoming the youngest Mayor in the 5th Largest State. He balanced budgets, drove community branding, created new recreational fields by restoring brownfields, modernized operations, and enhanced public services.

He has also served as the Executive Director of the Make-A-Wish Foundation of NEPA, Development Director for the Northeast Pennsylvania Philharmonic, an active volunteer fire fighter holding several certifications from the National Fire Academy, a Commissioner on the Pocono Mountain Regional Police Commission and held the rank of Sergeant as a Pennsylvania State Constable.

Mr. Jablowski was an instructor at several campuses of Penn State University as a Senior Lecturer in American Government, Global Socio-Economic Geography, Comparative Political Systems and American Political Campaigns & Elections.

He holds a master’s degree in public administration with a concentration in Government and Organizational Management from Marywood University, a bachelor’s degree in political science with a focus on American State and Local Government along with a minor degree in Pennsylvania Studies from Penn State University.

Areas of Expertise

  • Pennsylvania Local Government
  • Public Finance
  • Municipal Management
  • Demographics
  • Media Relations
  • Community Visioning