Commissioner John Adornato III

Reelected: November 2014
Term Expires: November 2018

Community Involvement

Commissioner John Adornato III has resided in Oakland Park since 2003.  In his civic role, John was the Treasurer of the North Andrews Neighborhood Association, a role he has had for 5 years, after serving 2 years as the Vice President and then President. John quickly engaged with the local community shortly after moving into the area in August of 2003, in part by walking his neighborhood to urge residents to vote to be annexed into Oakland Park rather than Fort Lauderdale.

In 2005, John participated in the inaugural Oakland Park Local Government Academy, appointed by Commissioner Steve Arnst. John sat as a board member of the Oakland Park Planning and Zoning Board, to which he was appointed in August 2009 by a unanimous vote of the commission. John was also elected to be the Democratic Precinct Committeeman for District D024 in November 2008.

National Parks Conservation Association (NPCA)

John is currently the Senior Regional Director of the Sun Coast Office of the NPCA. Since 1919, the nonpartisan NPCA has been the leading voice of the American people in protecting and enhancing our National Park System.

The Sun Coast’s main campaigns are to work towards successful benefits of the Everglades Restoration for the South Florida National Parks and the protection of the marine resources and fisheries of Florida Bay and Biscayne National Park. John's duties as Senior Regional Director allows him to travel throughout the region, including Florida, Louisiana, Puerto Rico, the Virgin Islands, and the northern coast of the Gulf of Mexico in Mississippi and Alabama engaging allies and park enthusiasts in our campaign to protect the natural and cultural resources of America’s National Parks.
He joined NPCA in February 2002 and focused on Everglades restoration goals for over 5 years. John twice served as the National Co-Chair of the 53-member Everglades Coalition, an umbrella group of public interest, conservation and environmental organizations that advocate for the restoration of America’s Everglades.

John was appointed to a series of environmental seats on the following advisory committees:
  • The Water Resources Advisory Commission to the Governing Board of the South Florida Water Management District for 5 years
  • The advisory team to the federal government for the Modified Water Deliveries to Everglades National Park and Florida Bay
  • Currently on the federal advisory committee on the implementation of the Off-Road Vehicle Management Plan of Big Cypress National Preserve
  • John also serves as the chair of the Florida Bay Stewardship Fund of the South Florida National Parks Trust.


    Before moving to Florida, John completed the yearlong Dean John A. Knauss Marine Policy Fellowship through the National Sea Grant Program of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration in 2001. He served in the Capitol Hill office of Senator Daniel K. Akaka (D-Hawaii) managing legislative issues related to national marine sanctuaries, fisheries, ocean exploration, and aquaculture.

    In December 2001, John received his Master’s degree from the University of Maryland in Wetland Plant Ecology. John holds a B.S. in Biology with a minor in Russian language from Tufts University in 1996 and is originally from Springfield, MA.

    Other Boards

  • Appointed to represent Oakland Park on the Broward County Metropolitan Planning Organization
  • Appointed by the Broward County Commission to the Broward County Climate Change Task Force
  • Appointed Vice Chair of Oakland Park Community Redevelopment Area (CRA) Board
  • Appointed to Board of Directors/Broward League of Cities