Joyce S. Johnson


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Joyce S. Johnson, is that rarest of contemporary leaders: a triple force with proven expertise and accomplishment in the areas of community development and political activism; public sector leadership and achievement, and private sector management and organization know-how. Until recently, Ms. Johnson served at the President and CEO of the Black Equity Alliance, a non-profit dedicated to improving the socio-economic status of Black New Yorkers though strategic partnerships and alliances with special emphasis on building capacity of New York City’s vast Black serving non-profit sector.

Born into a family steeped in public service—her father, Columbus L. Stanley, was the first African American elected to the city council in Poughkeepsie, New York, and her mother Dorothy B. Stanley was Poughkeepsie’s first African American school teacher and principal—Ms. Johnson has amplified that tradition.

Just prior to her appointment with Black Equity Alliance, she served as the NYS Petition Coordinator and Field Director for the Obama for America NYS 2008 presidential primary election campaign. She was also the deputy campaign manager/consultant for Charlie King for NYS Attorney General 2006, the Downstate Field Director in Geraldine Ferraro’s 1992 US Senate campaign, and Campaign Manager for C. Virginia Field’s campaign for New York City Council 1991.

Ms. Johnson has a venerable background in New York City government.She is a former Special Assistant to the Manhattan Borough President (Messinger); former Director of Community Relations for the New York City Comptroller (Hevesi); former Operations Manager and Consultant for the New York City Mayor’s Office of Children and Families (Dinkins), and Executive Assistant to NY City Schools Chancellor (Crew) where she directed the Office of Business and Community Relations.

Her private sector experience is equally distinguished. Ms. Johnson began her professional career as a management trainee with Fortune 500 Company Joseph E. Seagram and Sons, Inc. in one of its Baltimore, Maryland production plants, rising through the management and operations ranks, plant personnel and labor relations to breaking the glass ceiling at corporate headquarters to become the National Director of Equal Employment Opportunity. Ms. Johnson was appointed to the prestigious Minority Affairs Committee, and the Joseph E. Seagram & Sons, Political Action Committee (JES-PAC).

Among her many affiliations, she is a Board Member of the NYS League of Conservation Voters (NYC Chapter); a Board Member of the Eleanor Roosevelt Legacy Committee; Chair of Social Action, North Manhattan Alumnae Chapter, Delta Sigma Theta Sorority Inc, and member of Howard University Alumni Association of NYC. She is a former Board Member of the Riverside Park Fund; former Board Chair of the Upper West Side Community Board 7; a former Executive Board Member Mitchell-Lama Residents Coalition; and the elected Democratic Assembly District Leader, Community Free Democrats, 69th A.D.

Ms. Johnson has a B.S. in Microbiology from Howard University, an EEO Certificate from Cornell University, School of industrial and Labor Relations, and a Certified Compensation Professional Certificate from American Compensation Association.

Joyce S. Johnson demonstrates the invaluable combination of bold and distinguished leadership, passionate activism and unflagging dedication to solving the many challenges facing an increasingly complex global society.