John H. Campbell

Director of Training, Planning & Assessment

John H. Campbell's work in training development has received national attention for innovation and impact. His strategic planning efforts have won praise for his commitment to clarity, practicality, and simplicity. His research expertise and marketing experience allow him to uncover the fine points of an issue and to design solutions that fit the problem. His skills in managing group dynamics assure that when he is facilitating contentious issues, that the job will be done right.

John's interest in applying his professional skills to community problem solving grew out of recognizing the need for such approaches in his own community. A graduate of Harvard University, he has extensive professional experience in management consulting, market research, and training design. He also has firsthand knowledge of the dangers of living in a neighborhood impacted by criminal and nuisance activity and direct experience in mobilizing neighbors, landlords, and public agencies to clear up such problems.

Since 1989, in addition to supporting the research work of CDRI, John has been providing powerful trainings for city and county leadership, public safety personnel, community organizers, landlords, business owners, and resident groups to help improve the problem solving ability of each and the ability of all to coordinate their efforts to achieve their common goal.  He also develops and implements evaluation tools and engineers strategic planning solutions for the mystery of how the theory of "problem solving" and community-oriented government can become a community-impacting reality in today's cities, towns, and counties.

Whether John is assisting your organization with research, training, strategic planning, or simply providing a keynote speech to set the right tone at your next convention, you can rely on him to help elevate the level of thinking, inspire better innovation, and help your organization stay focused on the mission at hand.


Harvard University, Cambridge, MA. B.A. English and American Literature and Language. Cum Laude General Studies. 1979. Phillips Exeter Academy, Exeter, NH. 1975 (graduated Dec. 1974).

Supplemental training in statistics and market research techniques at Portland State University and The Burke Institute. 1983 and 1984.


  • Solving Chronic Nuisance Problems: A Nuisance Abatement Guide for Neighborhood Leaders. By John H. Campbell. Published originally by the Enterprise Foundation, Inc. ( 10227 Wincopin Circle, Suite 500, Columbia, Maryland 21044,  Copyright 2001, The Enterprise Foundation.  Also available in CDRI updated editions.

  • Officer-Per-Thousand Formulas and Other Policing Myths (with co-authors Joseph Brann & David Williams).  Public Management (PM) Magazine, March 2004, a publication of the International City/County Management Association (ICMA).   Original article available in PDF versions here as well.

  • The Landlord Training Program manual. Sixteenth edition printed October 2013. First edition published in 1989. (Published by: City of Portland. Original funding by: Bureau of Justice Assistance, U.S. Department of Justice.) Also authored the national version of the same manual, as well as customized versions for the Cities of Milwaukee, Wisconsin; San Bernardino, California; Boise, Idaho; and Syracuse, New York.

  • Keeping Illegal Activity Out of Rental Property: A Police Guide for Establishing Landlord Training Programs. A monograph published by the Bureau of Justice Assistance, Office of Justice Programs, U.S. Department of Justice, 98 pages. Published in March 2000. Text copyrighted 1993-1999 by Campbell DeLong Resources, Inc. Available in a "PDF" document here.

  • Strategic Planning for Community Policing, (article co-authored with Tom Potter). Nov/Dec 1995. Community Policing Exchange, a publication of the Community Policing Consortium.

  • Landlord/Tenant Relations: A Guide for Police Officers. Fourteen pages, 1991 to 2006. (Campbell DeLong Resources, Inc.)

  • Crime Prevention in Overnight Lodging, a guidebook on preventing drug activity, prostitution, and other illegal activity in hotels and motels, 1991. (Portland/BJA.) To view the national version of this document in "PDF" format click here.

  • Clandestine Drug Labs: What every hotel and motel operator should know, guidebook, 1990. (Portland/BJA.)

  • Crime Prevention in Liquor Outlets, a guide to controlling drug activity and other illegal behavior in taverns and retail liquor outlets, 1991. (Portland/BJA.)

  • In My Opinion columns: on the coordination of civilian and police resources to combat drug house activity, The Oregonian, August 22, 1990; on attitudes of City officials towards crime prevention in Northeast Portland, September 27, 1988.

  • Forum essay on citizen responsibility to crime prevention, The Oregonian, February 3, 1989.

  • Mountain Madness, an essay on mountaineering safety, Northwest Magazine, March 13, 1988. 

Community Service

Executive Committee, Tom Potter for Mayor campaign, Portland, Oregon, 2003-2004.

Board member, The International School Board of Trustees; President, The International School Parent Teacher Organization, 2002 to 2003.

Awarded: Special Officer, Beaverton Police Department. Honorary Reserve Police Officer, City of Beaverton, Oregon. Sworn in April, 1998.

Awarded: 1998 Commercial Crime Prevention Award, Crime Prevention Association of Oregon.

Awarded: Certificate of Appreciation for participation in "Neighbor Safe" crime prevention project, Mayor Vera Katz, City of Portland, November, 1996.

Guest Lecturer: Criminal Justice Program course in civil law, Portland Community College, 1998 to 2000.

Member, Multnomah County Landlord-Tenant Task Force, 1993 to 1994.

Member, Citizens Advisory Group on Quality Rental Housing, 1991 to 1992.

Member, Community Policing Work Group, Portland Police Bureau, 1989 to 1991.

Vice President: Sabin Community Association, 1989 to 1991; Subcommittee Chair: Public Safety Advisory Committee, 1989.

Chair: Public Safety Action Committee for Inner Northeast Portland, 1989 to 1991. Member 1992. Founding chairman.

Born, raised, and currently lives in Portland, Oregon.