Bailey was born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania on January 26,
1945. He attended Southwestern State University where he graduated
in 1968 wiith a Bachelor of Science Degree in Management.
In 1974, he received his Masters in Business Administration
with an emphasis in Marketing from Michigan State University.
He completed the University of Pittsburgh, Joseph M. Katz
School of Business Management Program for Executives in May
of Officer Candidate School in Newport Rhode Island, he was
commissioned an Ensign in the United States Navy in July 1968.
During his Navy career as a Supply Corps Officer, he was assigned
to various commands around the world. As a Navy Captain, John
attended the National War College and completed a one-year
National Security Strategy Study. John received numerous military
decorations and awards. After 28 years of honorable service,
John retired as a Navy Captain in 1996, with demonstrated
experience in marketing, contract management, acquisition,
and program development. Following his retirement, he assumed
the position of Chief Executive Officer for a major law firm.
In September 1997, John became President/CEO of Volunteers
of America Bay Area, Inc.
a lecturer and public speaker. In addition, he has provided
consulting services on subjects related to Diversity in the
Workplace. John serves on the Board of Directors of the American
Cancer Society, East Bay Metropolitan Unit; City of Oakland's
Workforce Investment Board, and on the Board of Directors
of the Lord Tennyson Apartments, Inc., a low-income apartment
complex. John is also a past President of the National Naval
Officers Association (NNOA) a not-for-profit representing
the career interests of Minority Sea Service and current Vice
President of the local NNOA Chapter. Moreover, he is an active
member of First African Methodist Episcopal Church.