Mr. Gregory Johnson, MSODA, MA, was born and raised in Cleveland, Ohio, USA. He is a highly educated and experienced professional with more than 40 years of organizational and individual leadership experience. His education includes credentials from Cleveland State University, Case Western Reserve Universities Weatherhead School of Business, Dartmouth College’s Tuck School of Business and Barkley University. He excelled in each of his academic challenges by engaging each stage of education with a sense of how it would be applied to his profession. He is a distinguished and proud Vietnam Veteran having served in Vietnam with specialized credentials as a Specialist Fifth Class (SP5). He received recognition for outstanding service during combat with the Army Commendation Medal as well as the National Distinguished Service Medal.
He has served in leadership positions with the Urban League as President and Chief Executive Officer as well as the Executive Vice President over a period of 20 years. While with the Urban League he designed programs, excelled with fund development and managed a variety of managers and directors. He also served as the Ohio Director of the March of Dimes managing six (6) operating locations with Executive Directors reporting directly to him. He was the first African-American to hold this senior position in the USA.
Mr. Johnson worked as a Healthcare Administrator for nineteen years in a variety of positions from Unit Coordinator to Vice President of Operations. In addition, he was employed by the Cleveland Public Schools to design and manage the Cleveland Career & Skills Center. Mr. Johnson has been employed in the majority of positions to assist organizations to regain their footing; redesign their operation and to create a presence in their targeted market. This has been the consistent employment requirement of organizations in some form of distress to turn the organization or unit of the organization around or create a new direction for success. Mr. Johnson sits on various boards including MPOD/MOD Advisory Council at Case Western Reserve University and is a Governor at National Association of Nonprofit Organizations & Executives - NANOE. He is the former President/CEO at Pinellas County Urban League, the former EVP-Operation at Urban League of Greater Cleveland, the former Ohio Director at March of Dimes Ohio, the former Interim President and Chief Operating Officer at Lorain County Urban League, the former Director, Cleveland Skills & Career Center at Cleveland Public Schools, the former Admin, Rheumatic & Immunologic Disease at Cleveland Clinic, the former Vice president at Mercy Hospital, Columbus, Ohio and the former Employee Relations - Manager at Ross Laboratories. He studied Minority Business Development at Dartmouth College, Business Psychology at Case Western Reserve University and Industrial & Labor Relations at Cleveland State University
While managing the majority of the above-mentioned positions Mr. Johnson has managed his consulting company focusing on two primary areas: Organizational Effectiveness and Leadership Development. Through consulting interventions in both the public and private sectors Mr. Johnson has provided assessments on various levels; leadership training; executive coaching and program evaluation for numerous individuals and organizations. He is publishing a series of eBooks and has written countless articles on Leadership as well as participating in numerous webcast discussions on various forms of leadership both domestically and internationally. Mr. Johnson is known globally for his work in the area of Parenting with a special focus on Fathers. Along with his late wife, they published the only printed subscription based parenting magazine for fathers in the United States. They also designed transitional or helping programs for youth, specifically the Pearls of Distinction, a program in elementary Schools for young ladies in the third through fifth grades focused on “character building” as well as their MIT or Military in Transition program for returning combat veterans and their respective families. Mr. Johnson continues his lifetime commitment to the platform of Parenting as the primary base for all social needs throughout the world.
In December 2016, Mr. Johnson and his wife, our chair, and chaplain Rev. Christine Johnson were honored by the US 44th President, the Honorable Barack Obama with his Lifetime Achievement Award for Service.