Meet James Johnson
James Johnson is a community organizer and advocate who has spent his career finding ways to elevate his neighbors’ voices in Southeast Queens.
Mr. Johnson was born and raised in Cambria Heights and inherited his commitment to community participation from his union-strong parents. His father, Bryant James Johnson, is currently a nurse but previously served as a longtime union leader for TWU Local 100, and his mother, Joann Linning, spent years working as a central staffer for 1199SEIU.
James is an advocate through and through and has provided essential advocacy to the people of Southeast Queens as the Community Liasion for the current Councilman I. Daneek Miller and as the Southeast Queens Liason for the New York City Comptroller’s Office. James has also worked as a youth service provider and as a football coach at Campus Magnet.
He believes in the power of our community. He has hosted dozens of community events designed to connect Southeast Queens people and provide them with the necessary information to succeed. These events include panel discussions, networking events, voter registration drives, protests, and other events focused on improving his neighbors’ health and wellness.
Mr. Johnson is the organizer of the annual We Can Because We Know We Can Community Parade. The We Can parade is a community event that showcases local talent and allows Southeast Queens residents to show their community pride.
He is an active member of several local organizations, including the Cambria Heights Civic Association, the Douglass King Democratic Club, and the Nu Omicron Chapter of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity Inc. as the Social Action Chair. He is also a board member of the Springfield Rifles and Riflettes Youth Sports Inc.
James Johnson is also the Founder and C.E.O. of Opportunities for Southeast Queens Millennials (O.F.S.E.Q.M.). This community-based organization focuses on increasing the political and civic participation of millennials and GenX residents in Southeast Queens. The organization operates both as an incubator of talent and as a resource provider by connecting young people to job opportunities, to each other, and crucial information.
Mr. Johnson attended P.S. 136, I.S. 159, and Campus Magnet High School (formerly Andrew Jackson High School). Upon his graduation from Campus Magnet, he made his way down to South Carolina, where he attended Benedict College and earned his Bachelor of Arts degree in Mass Communication.