John J. Funny, candidate for City Council, District 4, has resided in Brookhaven since 2010. John is the President and Chief Executive Officer of Grice Consulting Group, an internationally recognized city/urban planning, traffic engineering and transportation engineering consulting firm with its corporate headquarter office in Atlanta, GA. With over 30 years of professional experience, John oversees the firm’s day-to-day operations and corporate business-related matters including strategic business development and strategic planning for growth.
John’s long record of community engagement and service to Brookhaven is extensive and well known among community stakeholders. His resume includes his current role as Chairman on Brookhaven’s Social Justice, Race and Equity Commission, a group that addresses diversity and equity in the community including a review of the city’s mission statement, hiring practices, contracting practices and policing practices. John also spent eight productive years on the Planning Commission for Brookhaven which contributed to many of the positive outcomes the city and its citizens now enjoy.
John knows the value of giving back to the community and has seen the positive impact that it can have on the lives and wellbeing of others. He has devotedly embraced his charitable and civic responsibilities for decades through leadership and volunteerism. Among his many endeavors, John serves as the National President for the Alumni Association of his alma matter, South Carolina State University, as well as serves on the University’s Board of Trustees. He also serves as Chairman of the Sadie Grice Funny Scholarship Foundation, an organization he founded in 2010 which has provided scholarships opportunities to students who desire to attend college but are unable because of a lack of funds. Since its inception, the Foundation has awarded over $200,000 to students throughout the southeastern U.S. to nurture a new generation of leaders and create a brighter future.