John Manelos retired from BP as Vice President of Security and Crisis Management for their Gulf Coast Restoration Organization. In that capacity, he was a member of the senior management team responsible for managing and directing the activities of the 40,000-person organization tasked with the clean-up in the aftermath of the BP oil spill. In 2020, he ran for Mayor of Fairhope, in large part over the concerns related to the continued pollution of Mobile Bay. Prior to that he served as a volunteer member of the Personnel Board of the City of Fairhope.
A passionate advocate of conflict resolution and restorative justice principles, Manelos has volunteered in community-based programs for prison inmates and juvenile offenders that saw steep reductions in recidivism rates. Most recently, from 2017-2018, he volunteered in Alabama’s Thirteenth Judicial District, State Civil District Court in Mobile, as a mediator and co-mediator in a range of civil disputes filed with the courts. He has a professional and personal reputation for respectful leadership and bringing people together.
In 2012, Manelos retired to Fairhope, then launched his newest business venture, Fairhope Paddleboard. Concerned about the harmful impact of pollution on Mobile Bay and surrounding estuaries, he served as a volunteer member with the Coastal Wildlife Rescue and Research Center to rescue migratory and protected coastal birds within Baldwin County.
He lived and worked internationally, serving a broad range of domestic and international clients by providing risk mitigation strategies. While working abroad, he served clients in Asia, Central and South America, Europe, the Caribbean and North Africa. In 2002, he earned a master’s degree in conflict management from Kennesaw State University in Kennesaw, Georgia, and is a Registered Neutral Mediator in Alabama and Georgia. Manelos earned a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice from Sam Houston State University in Huntsville, Texas in 1982.
Manelos is the proud father of two adult sons, Will Manelos, 35, of Los Angeles, and Nick Manelos, 37, of Atlanta. He and his wife, Robin, like to spend time outdoors paddle-boarding and enjoying the beautiful waters of coastal Alabama.