John Machado, an IT professional & co-founder of the International Guild of Visual Peacemakers, grew up in central California where he was immersed in diverse cultures and ethnicities. Upon graduating from The University of Advancing Technology, he immediately began working professionally in IT for a law firm in Arizona.

John was exposed early in life to racism and a variety of harmful stereotypes. These experiences led him to later co-found the International Guild of Visual Peacemakers, a global movement using media to break down stereotypes and reduce social distance across ethnic, national, and religious lines.

John also finds joy in surfing, time with people, technology, Turkish food, and peacemaking.

Currently he resides in Turkey with his supportive wife, Leanna, & two small children.