John Estey

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John H. Estey
Born Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

BA 1984 Carleton College

JD 1989 University of Pittsburgh
Occupation Attorney
Home town Ardmore, Pennsylvania
Political party

John H. Estey is an attorney who served as Chief of Staff to Pennsylvania Governor Ed Rendell from 2003 until 2007.[1][2] He served as Interim President of the Milton Hershey School for the 2013-2014 school year and currently serves as Executive Vice President - Administration at Hershey Trust Company, in Hershey, Pennsylvania. Before joining Hershey Trust Company, Estey was a partner at Ballard Spahr LLP in Philadelphia, where he was a Co-Chair of the Government Relations and Regulatory Affairs Group.[3] He has served as the Chairman of the Board of Commissioners of the Delaware River Port Authority and as Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Philadelphia Regional Port Authority.[4] He serves as Chairman of Board of Directors of the Independence Visitor Center in Philadelphia,[5] and is a member of the Boards of Directors of the Gettysburg Foundation and the Greater Philadelphia Tourism Marketing Corporation.[6]

He was named to the Pennsylvania Report "PA Report 100" list of politically influential personalities in 2003.[7]

He was named to the PoliticsPA "Power 50" list.[8] In 2010, Politics Magazine named him one of the "Top 10 Democrats" in Pennsylvania.[9]


Government offices
Preceded by
Dave Sanko
Chief of Staff for The Governor of Pennsylvania
Succeeded by
Gregory C. Fajt