The East Bay Community Foundation (EBCF) is pleased to announce Byron Johnson as the foundation’s newest addition to staff. Byron will join us as Capacity Building Initiative Officer and will lead EBCF’s “Black-Led Organizations Initiative” (BLO) beginning August 1, 2017.
The BLO Initiative is a collaborative, capacity-building effort designed to support the growth, sustainability and impact of local organizations in four Bay Area Counties: Alameda, Contra Costa, San Francisco and San Mateo. EBCF has primary responsibility for the management and administration of the initiative, including receiving and disbursing funds on behalf of all participating funders. Current investors have made multi-year commitments and other philanthropic leaders are encouraged to leverage their resources and expertise to create opportunities to promote innovation, diffuse risk and support learning for the field.
Byron comes to EBCF from CompassPoint where he spent the last 12 years designing and delivering cohort-based leadership development programs such as the Fundraising Academy for Communities of Color, Bright Spots Fundraising Academy, and the STRONG Nonprofits Program for East Contra Costa County.
As a certified coach he’s worked with individuals, boards, and teams to increase trust and accountability during times of change and transition and to deepen the impact of strategic leader development, succession, and transition plans. His coaching practice was informed by over a decade consulting and training nonprofit leaders, networks, and teams in executive transitions management and succession planning and is centered on fun and risk-taking that inspires bold, confident, and creative actions.
Prior to CompassPoint, Byron spent over ten years in leadership and senior fund development positions for Bay Area nonprofit organizations, including San Francisco State University and the East Bay Asian Local Development Corporation (EBALDC). A proud Oakland native and graduate of Oakland Tech, he currently lives in Richmond, CA.
Byron brings a passion for stemming the tide of violence and exploitation; particularly in disenfranchised communities, promoting individual and collective health, and striving for economic and social equity. His vast professional experience will be an invaluable addition as the foundation works toward advancing a just East Bay.
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