John J. Jablowski, M.P.A.

Senior Advisor

Background & Experience

John J. Jablowski, Jr., MPA brings 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 Senior Vice-President of M&T Bank Government Banking Group where he provides executive leadership in partnering with hundreds of local governments and regional authorities by engaging in community improvement and infrastructure project financing, operational fiscal management, and investment strategies. Prior to re-joining M&T Bank Government Banking Group, he was Senior Vice-President at the Alliance for Innovation. This Phoenix Arizona based organization partnered with hundreds of municipal and regional governments throughout North America to create partnerships that enabled local government innovation.

He is the incoming President of the Pennsylvania State Township Commissioners (PSATC) and is currently serving a 3rd term on Wilkes-Barre Township Council. He has served as the PSATC Central Region President and Member of its State Executive Committee since 2015. Through his many community roles, Mr. Jablowski has cumulatively managed over $2 Billion in community development financing and investments for hundreds of local governments and authorities.

At age 21, he was selected to serve 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. By age 24, he was elected Mayor of Ashley Borough in Luzerne County, 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. All with no tax increases.

Mr. Jablowski was the Chief Administrative Officer/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 implement a $500+ million public private partnership creating one of North America’s largest entertainment destination projects. With a commitment to public service, he has also served as the Executive Director of the Make-A-Wish Foundation of NEPA, Development Director for the Northeastern 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 also served as 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