John Dean


My wife Susan and I are both “retired”, although we keep busy with a variety of volunteer and community projects.  We are long-time supporters of Alliance for Smiles, as well as other organizations providing medical assistance to those less fortunate.  I have been on eight missions, and Susan (an RN and operating room nurse) has been on nearly thirty international surgical missions.  I joined the Alliance for Smiles Board in 2020.

I am a lawyer—I do not have a medical background.  After an initial career as a criminal defense attorney, followed by a decade in the corporate world, I was hired in 1998 by the Air Line Pilots Association, International (“ALPA”), the world’s largest union of commercial airline pilots.  In the ensuing eighteen years, I held a number of positions in ALPA’s Representation Department, eventually serving as Senior Labor Relations Counsel. I retired from ALPA in 2016.

Since 2007, I have served as an Adjunct Professor of Law at U.C. Hastings College of the Law in San Francisco, where I teach courses in “Negotiation and Settlement”.

I am committed to helping Alliance for Smiles continue in its critical mission of providing life-changing cleft palate and cleft lip surgery to those in need around the world.