40 Under 40, Class of 2018

John Achen


Palisades Charter High School

Job Title

Athletic Director


Achen began working at Palisades as an associate athletic director and offensive line coach for the varsity football team. He has established new handbooks for student-athletes and coaches, and secured a $500,000 donation to renovate the gym and create a girls basketball locker room. Achen is working on implementing a two-phase drug and alcohol program, including a new policy and lecture series.