John displayed creativity from a young age; from tree top forts to boats to go-karts, he spent his time building and thinking of ways that he could improve upon his creations. He knew early on that he was going to pursue a career in engineering, and was particularly fascinated by the tangibility of civil engineering. He appreciated the opportunity to see his designs come to life and improve the lives of others. John now has 34 years of experience in civil engineering, including 28 years at Nitsch Engineering, where he is Vice President, Principal, and Executive Project Manager. His expertise has focused on providing innovative civil engineering design services for commercial, residential, and recreational developments.

John’s experience working in the City of Boston has allowed him to establish close relationships with the City’s decision makers. In 2005, John assisted the Boston Redevelopment Authority and the Boston Water and Sewer Commission in drafting the technical components of the City’s groundwater recharge regulations known as Article 32, Groundwater Conservation Overlay District. Since 2006, John has also served as the lead civil engineer for the redevelopment of Fan Pier and Seaport Square in South Boston. These two developments consist of over 30 parcels on over 40 acres of land.

Outside of Nitsch

John enjoys staying active in local politics. He has served on several boards in his former community, and now serves on the Planning Board in his current community.


  • B.S., Civil Engineering, Northeastern University

Current Professional Societies

  • American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE): Member
  • American Council of Engineering Companies of Massachusetts (ACEC/MA): Program Committee Member
  • Town of Plympton: Planning Board Member
  • Boston Harbor Now: Board of Advisors
  • Cranberry Knoll Condo Association: Treasurer
  • Urban Land Institute: Infrastructure Products Council Member, Residency Council Member, and Advisory Board Member


  • Ralph Horne Award, Boston Society of Civil Engineers Section (BSCES)/ASCE (2006)
  • Bertram Berger Young Engineer Award, BSCES/ASCE (2006)