Northeast Seafood Coalition
Mayor John Bell is a founder and presently serves as the voluntary chairman of the Northeast Seafood Coalition. After graduation from William and Mary College in 1965, Mayor Bell entered the United States Army where he served as a Captain with duty both in the Republic of Korea and the United States. Upon his return to the United States, he began a marketing career and ultimately became an industry leader in integrated marketing communications with his highly acclaimed company CPS Direct. Bell went on to serve as Mayor of Gloucester, Massachusetts from 2001 through 2007. He had previously served on the Gloucester City Council and was City Council President.
As chairman of the NSC, Mayor Bell has been a critical to ensuring a process for good and sound organizational structure and decision-making. He is passionate about communicating the importance of local seafood, small businesses, and strong coastal communities. He actively works hard to improve the inventory and quality of workforce jobs in Gloucester and in promoting a working waterfront and active port.
In addition, Mayor Bell has been active in political campaigns, numerous organizations and Gloucester’s Charter Review. He served as a director of Woburn National Bank, Essex County Greenbelt, Boston Children’s Services, and is a Trustee of Trinity Congregational Church. He also is currently an active board member of Wellspring House, an organization dedicated to assisting families on the North Shore of Boston move from poverty to live fulfilling lives through education, affordable housing, homeless prevention, and advocacy.
As former producers of the popular sportswear and boating-clothing brand Mighty-Mac, Mayor Bell’s family has strong ties to the fishing community. He and his wife Janis are the very proud parents of three children and have five grandchildren.
Check out John’s favorite seafood recipe from his family.