Michael Johnson

CEO, Boys & Girls Clubs of Dane County

Michael Johnson

Michael Johnson currently serves as the CEO of Boys & Girls Clubs of Dane County. Johnson has made it his priority to ensure that his agency continues to be a leader in youth development while enhancing its partnerships to produce positive outcomes for young people and their families.

Under Johnson’s leadership, Boys & Girls Clubs through their AVID/TOPS Program has produced 100% graduation rates for four consecutive years in a row with more than 85% of their students currently enrolled in local colleges and universities. Prior to moving to Madison, Wisconsin, Johnson spent 15 years in executive level positions in several cities leading large, complex government and non profit agencies.


  • Wisconsin State Journal “Five People to Watch” in 2013.
  • Named 2012 Midwest Executive of the Year/Boys & Girls Clubs
  • 2012 Pennsylvania House of Representatives and Senate Honoree
  • In 2011 named one of the top five Clubs in the nation by BGCA Madison Magazine- Persons of the Year (Cover Story),
  • 2011 Citizen of the Year-Omega Psi Phi Wisconsin Chapter
  • 2011 Proclamation from the Mayor of St. Louis “Michael Johnson Day
  • 2006 Non-Profit Executive of the Year, St. Louis Sentinel Journal-2006


  • Keynote Speaker, National Conference for Nonprofit Organizations Keynote Speaker, Herzing University- June 2013
  • Keynote Speaker, University of Wisconsin, -2012
  • Keynote Speaker, Greater Erie Community Action Dinner-2012
  • Commencement Speaker, ITT Technical Institute, -2011
  • Keynote Speaker- Madison College, College & Career Expo-2011
  • Commencement Speaker, University of Phoenix-Wisconsin- 2010

Johnson currently serves on a host of boards and committees including: The Healthy Community Foundation, Great Lakes Higher Education Corporation, STAR Credit Union, Caplin Family Charities and the Overture Center.

Michael is married to Toya who serves as the Director of Community Impact for United Way of Dane County and they have two children ages seven and two.