John Nethercut,  Executive Director

John Nethercut joined the Public Justice Center as the Executive Director in 2002.
In addition to leading the PJC and raising friends and funds, Mr. Nethercut’s substantive contribution to PJC’s work is in directing its legislative advocacy. Major involvements included the Rental Housing Coalition in 2004, the Baltimore City Clean Streets Bill, the Tenants in Foreclosure Initiative in 2008, the Unpaid Wage Lien Law in 2013, and the Rent Court Reform Initiative in 2016.
Mr. Nethercut serves on Maryland’s Access to Justice Commission and the board of the Francis D. Murnaghan, Jr. Appellate Advocacy Fellowship. Mr. Nethercut is a 2005 graduate of the Leadership, Baltimore City's regional leadership training program, and a 2008 Weinberg Fellow, an executive director training institute. He received an award from the Weinberg Fellowship in 2010 for outstanding leadership in nonprofit management.
His career in social justice advocacy began in 1975 in Los Angeles, where Mr. Nethercut was a boycott organizer for Cesar Chavez and the United Farm Workers. He later worked in a farmworker legal services program in Kokomo, Indiana. Mr. Nethercut received a B.A. with honors in Anthropology/Sociology in 1978 from Earlham College in Indiana. His anthropology field study was with a Zapotecan village in Oaxaca, Mexico.
While at Harvard Law School in Boston, from which he received a J.D. in 1982, Mr. Nethercut worked as a tenant union organizer and student lawyer with City Life/Vida Urbana. After law school, John worked in civil legal aid offices in Cincinnati and upstate New York. Mr. Nethercut was then appointed as an Assistant Attorney General and eventually Deputy Chief of the Consumer Protection Division of the Office of the Attorney General of Maryland, where he served for 14 years until coming to the Public Justice Center. He led complex litigation, appeals, legislation, and media and community relations. His cases involved consumer fraud perpetrated by banks, mortgage brokers, pay day lenders, home builders, and carpet, electronics, and automobile retailers.