John Presta, the son of Italian-born immigrants, was born and raised in Chicago, Illinois. He and his wife Michelle are community organizers and leaders. When the campaign asked, he volunteered in Barack Obama's 2000 Congressional campaign. He had extensive contact with Obama and his campaign workers and organized three hundred volunteers at a critical campaign moment. He expanded those activities during Obama's 2004 Senate race. He worked at several newspapers, including the Chicago Tribune and Chicago Sun-Times, in such positions as typesetter, reporter, circulation manager, and ad sales. He is currently working on his next book in the Mr. & Mrs. Grassroots series.
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