Brandon Johnson demonstrates his love for Wichita through progressive programming, investments and initiatives to create a better city for current — and future—residents. The 31 year old Wichita-native’s civic leadership spans more than 12 years in areas including economic development through youth employment advocacy and job creation, social services and community education.
In 2011, Johnson created the nonprofit organization, Community Operations Recovery Empowerment (CORE). The agency focuses on community engagement and leadership development, particularly in District I. Through CORE, Johnson has helped foster dialog between law enforcement and residents through a series of “Know Your Rights” forums; as well as hosted several community conversations focused on how to end gang violence and involvement and champions health and wellness through the development of a community gardens with produce being distributed to bordering neighborhoods. He serves on the advisory board of the Heartland Wichita Black Chamber of Commerce and participates as a liaison through Wichita Urban Professionals to the Entrepreneurship Task Force; a group that is affiliated with the Greater Wichita Partnership that holds as its tasks to: “build on Wichita’s rich entrepreneurial heritage by identifying, engaging and advocating for entrepreneurial organizations, businesses and individuals” as well as to “leverage public and private resources important to entrepreneurs.”
As an active member of Wichita Urban Professionals, Johnson works to help empower Wichita’s young, diverse and talentedthrough relevant personal and professional development coaching, engaging leadership training and through dynamic social networking events.
The accolades Johnson has amassed for his community involvement are numerous. In 2014, Johnson was named among the Wichita Business Journal’s 40 Under 40 as well as receiving the Ron Walter Achievement from the Wichita Branch NAACP. In addition to those recognition's, Johnson has twice received the Man of Excellence from Grant Chapel A.M.E Church as well as 2009 Citizen of the Year from Omega Psi Phi Fraternity Inc.
Johnson is married to Danielle, who is the Assistant Director for Wichita State University’s Office of Diversity and Inclusion, and has two children, Khairi and Aria.