Mr. Hampford played a vital role in the U.S. Virgin Islands Department of Education (VIDE), serving as the day-to-day Project Lead and Chief Financial Officer for $60 million of U.S. Department of Education (USDOE) grants to the Virgin Islands. He oversaw the Treasurer and Controller positions, responsible for monitoring federal grants. In these roles, he made recommendations to USDOE and VIDE executives on strategies for improving funding efficacy. For the last five years, Mr. Hampford has served as a third party fiduciary for USDOE funds in Guam, performing and overseeing similar functions as in the U.S. Virgin Islands.
Previously, he led the restructuring of the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico’s Police Department. He worked closely with the Superintendent and his leadership team to identify cost and operational efficiencies in this department, which employed 17,000 people.
Mr. Hampford also oversaw the warehousing and distribution for the entire rebuild of the New Orleans Public School system and the buildup of the Recovery School System post-Hurricane Katrina. His team supplied the schools with new furniture, textbooks, and supplies for the rebuilding of this school system in the wake of Hurricane Katrina. John was also responsible for field operations which planned, designed and built nine modular school campuses to facilitate students whose schools were not available. The modular schools were ready for the opening of the 2006 school year.
Prior to joining A&M, Mr. Hampford was the CEO of Bailiwick Golf, Inc. after a longstanding career in banking at Paine Webber (UBS) and First Albany Corporation.
Mr. Hampford earned a bachelor’s degree in professional accounting from American University. He is also a Registered Investment Advisor (RIA).