A True Passion for México
John McNeece’s passion for the U.S.-México border
region began at an early age. As an Imperial Valley native, his
family would take frequent trips across the border, opening his
eyes to the multi-dimensional issues affecting the binational area.
John's current professional and personal interests reflect those
early memories – now directed toward sustainable economic
development in this dynamic region.
John began his professional work in México in the 1980s,
when he started to work on cross-border mergers & acquisitions
and lending transactions. In 1991, John took a sabbatical to study
Mexican law and the Spanish language. While pursuing his studies,
he taught a course at Stanford Law School on "Doing Business
with México" and served as an advisor to the U.S. Trade
Representative’s office during the NAFTA negotiations.
As a partner at Luce Forward since 1986, John has built a dynamic
practice around cross-border mergers & acquisitions, U.S.-México
joint ventures, cross-border financing, and international venture
capital. Today, he is the co-chair of Luce Forward’s Interna-tional
Practice Group and head of the firm’s Latin America Practice
Group. Recently, in response to the "Partnership for Prosperity"
initiative established by Presidents George W. Bush and Vicente
Fox, John has advised Nacional Financiera, México’s
national development bank, on venture capital development, as well
as draft legislation, which will help build a prosperous venture
capital industry in México. He has also begun to advise clients
on low-income housing projects in Baja California.
library, and I wanted to
support this effort.”
As a volunteer, Mr. McNeece is very involved in San Diego Dialogue
and the San Diego Regional Chamber of Commerce’s International
Committee. In his new role as Chairman of that committee, John will
promote international trade and commerce with México and
other global markets. He is succeeding ICF’s Board Chair,
Leon Reinhart, in this position.
John has been an active supporter and donor to ICF since 2002.
He was an instrumental force behind ICF’s Friends of the Tijuana
Library Fund, a donor-advised fund for the first major public library
in Tijuana. In fact, John’s initial contribution triggered
additional funding from other ICF donors, totaling $87,000. John
noted that “Fr. David Ungerleider, the driving force behind
the library project, has done a great service to this community.
Tijuana needs a state-of-the-art public library and I wanted to
support this effort.”