John Thomas Pinna is an international development operative working in the areas of government relations, political positioning, and engagement modelling. His focus is on the developing world, religious freedom, and national security. He is the host of the first Muslim/Christian Podcast, Crossing Faiths, a partner is the Mitchell Firm, Talos International Services, The Bustos Group, and serves as the Muslim Co-Chair and a steering committee member and Muslim co-chair of International Religious Freedom Round Table.
Over his 20-year career in international development and countering radical ideology Pinna has personally secured and managed $600 million dollars across 43 projects, with engagement in 22 countries in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) and Asia and secured a total of $12.7 billion dollars in international development initiatives.
After leaving an international career in industry in 2009 to focus on positioning the Muslim community positively with other faiths and political messaging, Pinna joined the American Islamic Congress (AIC) as their Director of Government and International Relations. After AIC, he continued for three years to develop multi-faith events while executing international programming as the executive director at the Development Organization for Societies in Transition (DOST), culminating in several events with Muslim leaders and His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama.
In 2016 Pinna was named the Vice President of Development for the USAID-funded American University of Afghanistan (AUAF) where he managed the non-academic departments and established several functional government relations, MarComm, and Pinna also managed two USG funded projects: the Business Innovation Hub and the International Center for Afghan Women's Economic Development, as well as other projects funded by USG and non-USG sources.
Pinna also has drafted segments of the U.S. National Security Strategy (NSS) and supported the logistics of the first Ministerial at the U.S. Department of State (DOS). He advises the National Security Council Directorates on Iran, Pakistan, Afghanistan, Tunisia, and international religious freedom (IRF), as well as DOS bureaus on Afghanistan, Libya, Tunisia, and the Ukraine, countering radical ideology, and International religious freedom.