John Olszewski, Jr. is the Sr. Account Executive for Maryland State and Local Government for SAS Institute, where he partners with governments to help prevent fraud, enhance public safety, improve program performance and enable greater transparency.
In 2016, Olszewski organized Better Baltimore County to connect people with the change they want to see in their neighborhoods. Better Baltimore County is designed to share these stories and inspire partnerships between community, business, faith, and government leaders. “Johnny O” started the effort as a way for residents to come together in order to identify and promote ideas that work and can be replicated, as well as to foster new collaborations that can help solve problems across the County.
Prior to his work with the SAS and Better Baltimore County, he served as the Special Senior Manager for Legislative Affairs for the Baltimore City Department of Transportation, overseeing local, state, federal and community relationships. In 2006, John was elected at age 23 and re-elected four years later as the top vote-getter to the Maryland House of Delegates from legislative district six, a position he held for nearly nine years. His work earned him a reputation as a “rising star” of Maryland politics. In the legislature, Johnny served as the Chairman of the Baltimore County House Delegation and was youngest person ever elected to that position. In that capacity, he helped lead unprecedented progress for the County in areas such as economic development and school board reform.
In addition to his responsibilities leading the 21-member Delegation in the state legislature, he served on the House Economic Matters Committee, Maryland’s P-20 Leadership Council, the Maryland Business Climate Workgroup and as Chair of the Banking, Economic Development, Science, and Technology subcommittee.
John has also spent time as a public school classroom teacher (social studies and special education) and resource teacher for Baltimore County Public Schools, as a research assistant and as an adjunct lecturer at Goucher College. He has also lectured internationally with “The Governance Program” through The George Washington University. He is a former student member of the Baltimore County Board of Education, a 2010 graduate of Leadership Baltimore County and was recognized as one of the Daily Record’s “Top 20 in their 20’s” in 2012.
Johnny O is a proud product of the Baltimore County school system, graduating from Sparrows Point High school before attending Goucher College (BA, Political Science and American Studies, Phi Beta Kappa) and The George Washington University (MA Political Management, concentration in Leadership). John is currently all but dissertation on his PhD in Public Policy (concentration in Public Administration) at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County.
John has remained an active philanthropic and economic development leader though board involvement, as well, serving as a member of the Business Network for Offshore Wind board as well as President of the Board of the Community College of Baltimore County’s Dundalk Foundation.
Johnny O lives in Dundalk with his wife Marisa and their daughter Daria. The Olszewski family remain active in their church family as members of Lovely Lane United Methodist Church and maintain strong ties as volunteers in their community and across Baltimore County.