Joyce S. Johnson

65 West 96th Street #16G, New York, NY 10025

Phone 212-662-3032 / Mobile 646-229-4777


Joyce S. Johnson comes from a long line of proud activists who lived their belief in public service. Her father, Columbus L. Stanley, was the first African American elected to the city council in Poughkeepsie, New York. Her mother Dorothy B. Stanley was Poughkeepsie's first African American school teacher and, later, school principal. Together they helped found the Poughkeepsie Voters League, the first grassroots organization to empower the city's black population.

A graduate of Howard University with a degree in Microbiology, Joyce began her professional career with Joseph E. Seagram and Sons, Inc. managing a union crew in a distillery plant. She quickly rose through the ranks and broke the glass ceiling at corporate headquarters to become the National Director of Equal Employment Opportunity for the entire corporation.

After 17 years, Joyce left the corporate world to devote herself completely to public service.

She spent many years in New York City government, in a wide range of leadership positions. In the offices of the Manhattan Borough President, she developed the concept for the Manhattan Youth Trust, a partnership between non-profit organizations and businesses to promote youth employment. She was Director of Community Relations for the New York City Comptroller. In the Mayor's Office of Children and Families she organized and ran Child Immunization Day, the largest vaccination program in that office's history. In the office of NYC Schools Chancellor as Director of Business and Community Relations, she created the model for school/community partnerships. She was also the designated Chancellor's Trustee for the takeover of BK School Board 16 and Queens School Board 29. Joyce ran her own education consulting firm, and later served as Director of Operations for Readnet Charter School, getting that school up and operational in only three days. Most recently, she was the President and CEO of the coalition building, non-profit organization Black Equity Alliance.

Politically, Joyce has always had the courage of her convictions. She was NYS Petition Coordinator and Field Director for the Obama for America NYS Primary Election Campaign in 2007-2008.

Joyce was elected Democratic District Leader, Community Free Democrats, 69th A.D for five years. She ran for NYS Assembly in 2002, and City Council in 2005 with the support of the late Hon. Phil Reed, Councilwoman Gail Brewer, State Senator Eric Schneiderman, a host of federal, state and local officials, NARAL, NOW, NY League of Conservation Voters, democratic clubs, and labor. She has lent her operational skills to other candidates as well: as Deputy Campaign Manager/consultant for Charlie King for NYS Attorney General 2006; Downstate Field Director for Geraldine Ferraro's 1992 US Senate campaign; Campaign Manager for C. Virginia Field's New York City Council race in 1991.

In addition, Joyce has been a tireless advocate for her community. She was elected Board Chair of Manhattan Community Board 7, where she served as a member for 15 years. Joyce is past and present member of several boards and organizations; including Eleanor Roosevelt Legacy Committee; Riverside Park Fund; Mitchell-Lama Residents Coalition; New York Women's Agenda, New York Coalition of One Hundred Black Women. She is an active member of North Manhattan Alumnae Chapter, Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc., a public service organization.


Learn NY - Consultant

May 2009 - October 2009

  • Led grassroots organizing efforts to build a coalition of citizens and advocates supporting the 2009 re-authorization of NY State law to continue Mayoral Control of New York City public schools system.
  • Lobbied State legislators for their support in their district offices, and in Albany.
  • Gave interviews to print, cable, and local TV stations supporting the issue.

Black Equity Alliance - President & CEO

March 2008 - April 2009

  • Led this non-profit alliance dedicated to eliminating the disparity in many areas of social and economic life for Black New Yorkers, by increasing the capacity of the vast network of black serving non-profits to better serve their constituents.

Obama for America Campaign - New York State Petition Coordinator/Field Director

October 2007 - March 2008

  • Organized campaigns operations and candidate slates in all 29 NYS congressional districts for the NYS Democratic Presidential Primary election. Developed strategic GOTV efforts that garnered 40% vote and over 100 delegates to the DNC convention.

Charlie King for Attorney General, 2006 Campaign

March 2006 - November 2006

  • Consultant/Deputy Campaign Manager for Labor and Clergy Outreach

Readnet Bronx Charter School - Director of Operations

October 2003 - July 2005

  • Reporting to the school's founder, directed all non-pedagogical operations including: facility management and maintenance, food services, transportation, personnel, procurement, financial and office management.

Bradford Stanley Johnson & Johnson Ltd. - President/CEO


  • Founded firm to assist public school districts in developing strategic partnership and alliances with businesses, community stakeholders, and non-profits to support higher student achievement.

City of New York, Board of Education - Executive Assistant to the Chancellor


  • Directed the Chancellor's Office of Business and Community Relations and its staff o13 responsible for developing community and business partnerships to support the school system's 1.2 million students.
  • Served as Chancellor's appointed Trustee in takeover of BK School Board 16 (Trustee President) and Queens School Board 29 (Trustee Secretary)

City of New York, Office of Comptroller - Director of Community Relations


  • Directed staff of 12 responsible for facilitating communication between the Comptroller and the City's 150 elected officials and the 8 million citizens of NYC. Organized events and forums to make the public aware of the responsibilities of the Comptroller's office and inform them of new public policy initiatives.

City of New York, Mayor's Office for Children and Families - Operations Manager and Consultant (Special Project)


  • Managed operations for the 1993 Child Immunization Day campaign, the most extensive immunization effort ever undertaken in City government.
  • Coordinated 132 organizations, 500 volunteers and 9 government agencies to provide over 10,000 immunizations to NYC children

Geraldine Ferraro for United States Senate - Downstate Field Director

March 1992 - October 1992

  • Developed and managed campaign strategies and operations in 10 highly populated counties (Hudson Valley, Westchester and NYC)
  • Directed voter identification, volunteer recruitment, campaign visibility and get-out-the-vote efforts
  • erved as liaison to women's groups, the African-American and Latino communities
  • Served as surrogate speaker for candidate in numerous public debates and community events

C. Virginia Fields for New York City Council - Campaign Manager


  • Managed re-election campaign for Manhattan City Council district covering Central Harlem and Upper Westside

Office of Manhattan Borough President - Special Assistant to Borough President


  • Developed concept for the Manhattan Youth Trust, a pioneering partnership program between nonprofit community-based organizations and private sector businesses to promote youth employment opportunities
  • Developed model to match pre-employment "workforce readiness" training programs with private sector entry-level employment needs

Powell & Reese Inc., Management Consultants, Washington DC - Consultant

1987 - 1989

  • Facilitated intense training programs and workshops for firms seeking to establish effective organization development through team building, communications, productivity and quality (performance) for staff.

Joseph E. Seagram & Sons, New York, NY & Baltimore, MD


External Affairs Department – External Affairs Associate (1986-1987)

  • Assisted in the development and implementation of industry-related public education programs
  • Formulated governmental and industry-wide network to respond to industry-related legislation

Corporate Division of Human Resources (1978-1986)

  • Served as Director of Equal Employment Opportunity Nationally
  • Served as Senior Analyst and Manager – Wage and Salary Administration

Four Roses Distilling Plant, Baltimore, MD (1970-1978)

  • Initially employed as a Management Trainee; rose through operations management ranks to Personnel Manager responsible for employee relations, labor relations and recruitment of 350 union and non-union employees


Howard University, Washington, DC

B.S. Microbiology (Chemistry minor)

Cornell University, School of Industrial and Labor Relations, New York, NY

EEO Certificate

American Compensation Association

Certified Compensation Professional Certificate


Initiating concepts, strategies, partnerships and events to promote and develop relationships between community-based organizations and private sector businesses, education systems and stakeholders, and advocacy groups and public officials

Serving as spokesperson to media, press, and public officials in support of programs, public policies, and initiatives

Managing complex operational environments