Brian C. Johnson

Chief Executive Officer at Equality Illinois

Brian C. Johnson

Brian C. Johnson

Chief Executive Officer at Equality Illinois

Biography

Brian C. Johnson has served as the CEO of Equality Illinois, the statewide LGBTQ civil rights organization, since 2016. In this role, he leads efforts to build a better Illinois by advancing equal treatment & full acceptance of the LGBTQ community.

As CEO, Brian oversees the three non-profit entities that make up the organization, each with its own board of directors: Equality Illinois Institute, the 501 (c)(3) arm that focuses on education of the public, media and policy makers on LGBT issues; Equality Illinois, the 501 (c)(4) entity that advocates for the adoption of particular policies aimed at making Illinois a more equal and accepting place for the LGBTQ community; and the Equality Illinois Political Action Committee (PAC), which endorses and supports political candidates on the state and local levels who will champion a more equitable future for Illinois.

Prior to his time at Equality Illinois, Brian spent nearly two decades as a leader in social justice. His passion for fighting for equity was catalyzed by having served as a first-grade teacher, and Teach For America corps member, in Baton Rouge, LA. Seeing first-hand how systemic injustice impacted the lives of passionate and capable children, Brian committed his career to fighting to make sure America lived up to its promise as a fair and equitable country.

Brian came to Equality Illinois from Leadership For Educational Equity (LEE), where he served as the Vice President of Regional Impact. In this role, he helped lead the nationwide efforts to recruit nearly 300 teachers and former teachers to become candidates for public office while simultaneously launching community led organizing efforts in a dozen cities across the country including Chicago, New York, Houston, San Francisco, and Los Angeles.

Brian has served in a variety of leadership roles in non-profits throughout the country. He served as the Executive Director of Teach For America in Los Angeles where he led the efforts to place and support nearly 800 effective teachers in public schools throughout Los Angeles. He also headed up the Larchmont Schools, two racially and socio-economically diverse public schools in central Los Angeles. Under his leadership, both schools were recognized as among the academically highest performing schools in the state of California.

Brian earned his AB, magna cum laude, from Princeton University, his JD from Stanford Law School, and his MBA, as an Arjay Miller Scholar, from the Stanford Graduate School of Business. He lives with his husband Toby and their daughter Josephine in the Lincoln Square neighborhood of Chicago.

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Larchmont Schools
Teach For America, Inc.
Equality Illinois

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Former Chief Financial Officer at California Charter Schools Association

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Venture Partner at Nextgen Venture Partners LLC

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Member, Board of Directors at Larchmont Schools

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Executive Director at Equality Illinois

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Chief Operating Officer at Equality Illinois

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Director of Field Programs at Equality Illinois

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Director, Development at Equality Illinois

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Director of Public Policy at Equality Illinois

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Director of Civic Engagement at Equality Illinois

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Director of Field Operations at Equality Illinois

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Chief Executive Officer at Equality Illinois
Career History
Chief Executive Officer
2016 - Current
Executive Director
Tenure Unconfirmed

LARCHMONT SCHOOLS IS A PUBLIC CHARTER SCHOOL PROVIDING EDUCATION TO GRADES KINDERGARTEN THROUGH EIGHTH.

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Teach For America (TFA) is a nonprofit organization whose stated mission is to "enlist, develop, and mobilize as many as possible of our nation's most promising future leaders to grow and strengthen the movement for educational equity and excellence." The organization aims to accomplish this by recruiting and selecting college graduates from top universities around the United States to serve as teachers. The selected members, known as "corps members," commit to teaching for at least two years in a public or public charter K–12 school in one of the 52 low-income communities that the organization serves.

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Member, Board of Directors
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LARCHMONT SCHOOLS IS A PUBLIC CHARTER SCHOOL PROVIDING EDUCATION TO GRADES KINDERGARTEN THROUGH EIGHTH.

Political Donations Received
$50
2012
$3,900
2012
$3,900
2012
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