John was born in Winthrop, Massachusetts, a coastal town on the north shore of Boston. He is married to Karen Flanders-Reid.
They have five children, and two grandchildren, with a third (girl) on the way.
Their children are John, Jen, Max, Olivia, and Sophia. Their grandchildren are James, Violet, and Sage. Daughter Jen lives in the Atlanta area with her husband Bryan. Son John lives in Houston with his wife Christine.
From left to right (back): Max, Jen, John, Karen, John Harding From left to right (front): Sophia and Olivia
With grandchildren Violet Anne Whitfield and James Patton Whitfield.
Karen and John
John, Karen and their kids divide their time between Atlanta and Chattahoochee Hills, where a hamlet called Serenbe is located. Serenbe is an exciting example of new designs for sustainable living. Find out more about Serenbe at www.serenbe.com
They support a number of initiatives related to sustainable place-making, including the Serenbe Playhouse. Karen is a Board Member of the Women’s Network for a Sustainable Future. John chairs the Board of The Community Foundation of Greater Atlanta. He also serves on the boards of the Georgia Partnership for Educational Excellence and Chattahoochee Hills Music. He has served on many Boards in the past, including Duke University’s School of the Environment, Emory University’s Center for Ethics, Tutor.com, The Princeton Review, The Georgia Conservancy, and Cross-Cultural Solutions.