Our Founders

Our Founders

John and Jean Kingston met as freshmen at the University of Pennsylvania, now live in Winchester, Massachusetts, and have four children.

The Kingstons believe in cultivating friendship and partnership (the fancy Latin word for that is amicitia, which ended up in the Sword & Spoon logo!), which allows people to work together to envision and encourage ideas and action in advance of the common good.

With the belief that if one plants small seeds, the results may grow to benefit many, John and Jean and their four children (the original “six seeds”) began their first collaborative project in 2005 with SixSeeds. The Sword & Spoon Foundation, and eventually the Sword & Spoon Group, took shape from there, as a collection of friends and partners engaging the culture in creative and collaborative ways.

More about John and Jean:

 John is the Chairman and CEO of the Sword & Spoon Group and its related companies:  Sword & Spoon Workshop (the parent company of Kingston Road Pictures and OQ Farm), Sword & Spoon Foundation, and SixSeeds, and managing member of OQ Partners, a private investment firm. He is the founder and president of the non-profit organization Better For America, a non-partisan presidential ballot access program to ensure a pathway for an independent candidate to run for President of the United States in 2016. He formerly served as Vice Chairman and General Counsel for AMG, a global asset management company with more than $700 billion in assets under management. John serves on the boards of the Foundation for Excellence in Higher Education, Pioneer Institute, The Veritas Forum, Beliefnet, and Guard Support of Massachusetts. He is also a member of the Campaign to Fix the Debt and the American Enterprise Institute National Council, and a former member of the National Republican Senatorial Committee Majority Makers and the Republican Governor’s Association Executive Roundtable. John received a Bachelor of Science in Economics from the Wharton School, a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Pennsylvania, and a J.D. from Harvard Law School.

Together with John, Jean is the founder of the Sword & Spoon Foundation, SixSeeds and Sword & Spoon Workshop. Jean double majored in Biological Basis of Behavior and Elementary Education. She taught elementary school in Philadelphia before earning her Master’s Degree in Counseling Psychology from Penn.