Leadership Team

Dr. Patrice Johnson

Vice President, Center for Policy Analysis & Research and the Leadership Institute

Dr. Patrice Johnson is the Vice President, Center for Policy Analysis & Research and the Leadership Institute. She is a strategic thought-partner and will be responsible for providing executive level direction and management oversight of policy and programmatic strategies. Dr. Johnson will develop a world-class Leadership Institute, public policy and research strategies for the CBCF and continue the work towards the elimination of disparities in the global black community. A visionary executive with a relentless commitment to racial, gender, and educational equity Dr. Patrice S. Johnson is a solution-oriented expert in strategic planning, research, and program management. Filling prominent offices as the youngest elected Pro Tempore Mayor and Councilwoman for the City of Muskegon Heights, Dr. Johnson capitalized on keen opportunities to advocate for her home town. Her effervescent efforts to encourage mindful promulgation have produced long-lasting, systemic change. Serving as an Executive Director of Boys Hope Girls Hope of Detroit, Dr. Johnson spearheaded fundraising campaigns, transformative partnerships, and programmatic innovation to increase equitable opportunities for youth. Including launching the first of its kind, 21st Century Urban Boarding Program for girls of color in Michigan. A studied leader and scholar-practitioner, Dr. Johnson was the first person of color to complete a Doctorate of Education in Organizational Leadership and Development from Cornerstone University. Her research explored the impact of emergency financial management for predominately African American school districts in Michigan. This critical narrative study challenged policies that disproportionately affect communities of color and exacerbate racism. Dr. Johnson embraces multi-dimensional education, holding a Bachelor of Arts in Social Relations and Public Policy from Michigan State University and a Master of Arts in Ministry Leadership from Grand Rapids Theological Seminary. With humility, grit, and grace, Dr. Johnson cohesively and effortlessly combines her faith and fight for equity. As a reflection of her values, Dr. Johnson has authored two faith-based books, Kingdom Perseverance and My Father’s Kingdom. Dr. Johnson is also an inspired editorial contributor, with works entitled, Dear Charles: Black Women Change the World, Carrying Your Burden in the Heat of the Day, and It Was All a Dream: A Message to President Joe Biden on Education. Dr. Johnson is a fur mom to Prince Johnson, a charismatic Miniature Pinscher and the only child of Ms. Angela Porter.