Reverend Mitchell Johnson has been a Chicagoland community leader for over two decades. He and his wife, Cook County Judge Sharon O. Johnson, live with their wonderful children in Calumet City, Illinois.
Reverend Johnson is a nationally recognized economic development expert who has helped hundreds of churches serve as catalysts for economic growth and empowerment in their communities. He is a member of the African American Chamber of Commerce, the National Forum of Black Public Administrators, and Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity, Inc., where he serves as the Chaplin of the Upsilon Sigma Chapter.
Johnson is also the Chaplin of the National Policy Alliance (NPA). The NPA is composed of the major organizations representing black public officials from federal, state and local levels of government throughout the country, as well as the Joint Center for Political and Economic Studies. The NPA is the nation’s preeminent think tank focused on issues of particular concern to the African-American community.
In addition to his work on behalf of KNI Communications’ clients, Johnson also serves as the Executive Director of My Community Plan Foundation (MCPF). In his work with MCPF, Johnson helps direct financial resources to approximately 5,000 churches and other non-profit organizations. Johnson’s focus on community economic development and collaboration has led to roles serving as Executive Director of Developing Communities Project (DCP) – a position previously held by President Barack Obama – and as
Economic Development Officer for the Baptist State Convention of Illinois.
Reverend Johnson’s work at DCP resulted in community bonding companies, as well as local minority owned electric companies, receiving contracts for public sector projects including the Chicago Transit Authority (CTA) Redline upgrade. His work also helped foster the growth of community based private enterprises in underserved communities.
Johnson serves as Executive Pastor for New Seasons Church in Chicago. He also served at Joy Fellowship Baptist Church as the Associate Pastor of Community Affairs and Evangelism concurrently with his Presidency of the Associate Ministers’ Division of the Southside Christian Fellowship District Association, United Baptist State Convention of Illinois, Inc.
A graduate of Case Western Reserve University School of Law, Johnson graduated from Springfield Technical Community College in 1983. He later completed his undergraduate work at Fisk University in Nashville, TN in 1986. His further studies included studying law at Downing College in Cambridge, England and at the University of Connecticut School of Law in Stores, Connecticut.