John Gage was previously the Chief Researcher and Director of the Science Office for Sun Microsystems, Inc, and was partner in the firm Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers, where he provided counsel to the firm’s global network of entrepreneurs, scientists, academics, and government leaders.
Gage has served on scientific advisory panels for the US National Research Council and the US National Academy of Sciences. Most recently, he served on the National Academy Committee on Scientific Communication and National Security, issuing the report "Beyond Fortress America: National Security Controls on Science and Technology in a Globalized World" in 2009. He served on the Markle Task Force on National Security, whose reports helped in reorganizing US intelligence agencies. He has also been a member of the Board of Regents of the US National Library of Medicine, the Board of Trustees of Fermi National Laboratory, the External Advisory Council for the World Bank, and the Board of Trustees of the Internet Society (ISOC). He serves on the United Nations Task Force on Digital Health, the Advisory Board of the World-Wide Web Foundation, and the advisory board of the University of Oxford Martin School. He is on the Board of the Tegla Loroupe Peace Foundation in Nairobi, working to bring peace and economic development to the nomadic tribes of the Rift Valley of Kenya, on the board of Relief International, an international humanitarian agency, and on the Malaysian Multimedia Corridor International Advisory Panel.
In 1995, Gage created NetDay, a volunteer project to bring the resources of high technology companies to schools and libraries to connect them to the Internet. Since then, over 500,000 volunteers have wired over 50,000 schools and libraries in the United States. In 1999, President Clinton appointed Gage to the Web-Based Education Commission, which issued its report December, 2000. The Joan Shorenstein Center on the Press, Politics and Public Policy at the Harvard Kennedy School of Government named Gage as one of five distinguished journalists and scholars to be a 2000 Fall Fellow. He taught a course on technology, media, and governance during the Harvard Kennedy School fall semester of 2000.
Gage attended the University of California, Berkeley, the Harvard Kennedy School of Government, and the Harvard Graduate School of Business. He did his doctoral work in mathematics and economics at the University of California, Berkeley, and left Berkeley in 1982 to join Bill Joy as one of the original employees of Sun Microsystems. He is a member of the Mathematical Association of America, the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM), and the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE).