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Jeff Johnson

Jeff Johnson is an award-winning journalist, communications specialist, and thought leader. Currently Johnson is a partner and Chief of Strategy for the Baltimore based branding firm Illume Communications. In this roll he provides strategic insight and messaging consulting to clients in the private, public, and nonprofit sectors. Johnson has maximized his expertise in communications, grassroots mobilization, political campaigns, youth engagement, and strategic consulting to create a unique career committed to developing solutions and systemic change.

Johnson works with clients to develop strategy, solutions, and content that merge effective tradition with innovative methodology for the purpose of positive transformative change and market impact. He has a gift of creating non-traditional partnerships and progressive eco-systems by utilizing meaningful relationships developed in the entertainment, non-profit, and government sectors.

Johnson is the CEO and co-founder of Elite Voices Speakers, a premier bureau he founded with journalist Marc Lamont Hill. A former BET host and producer and MSNBC contributor, Jeff also served as National Director for the Youth & College Division of the NAACP and held an appointment by Russell Simmons as the Vice President of the Hip Hop Summit Action Network (HSAN). He currently provides regular content on and the nationally syndicated Rickey Smiley Morning Show. Most recently Jeff worked with Steve Harvey on his latest book, Act Like A Success, Think Like A Success.

Jeff has committed much of his personal and professional life to the development of young people and continues to support youth leadership all over the country. He serves on several boards including the Morehouse Research Institute, Cleveland State University School of Urban Affairs, and the historic Lincoln Theatre in Columbus, OH. Jeff is the honored husband of Jacqueline and the proud father of Madison, Myles, and Malcolm.

Entries by Jeff Johnson

Don't Count Out the Down Ballot

(1) Comments | Posted September 18, 2014 | 5:29 PM

There's no question -- the midterm elections this fall are consequential. In Washington, they will determine not only whether Democrats retain control of the Senate, but also whether our nation has a chance to solve real problems for American families or if President Obama will have to veto his way...

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Support Solar, But Not at the Cost of the Working Poor

(7) Comments | Posted July 16, 2014 | 5:32 PM

Recently, many people throughout the country celebrated the first day of summer and the longest day of the year by urging consumers and businesses to "Put Solar on It." I also support "Putting Solar on It," because renewable energy sources of all types have many benefits for our country, helping...

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The Other Iraq

(1) Comments | Posted July 16, 2009 | 12:47 PM

The moment I told my friends, family and colleagues I was traveling to Iraq to begin working on a short documentary, I received a plethora of forcefully concerned responses. "Make sure you wear a bulletproof vest." "Keep your head low." "Send my regards to our troops." "Make sure you...

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Obama Accountability Does Not Equal Hateration

(20) Comments | Posted April 9, 2009 | 2:45 PM

As most of America was waking up to take on their Monday morning grind, I was boarding a plane in Holland to return to the States after nearly a week there attending and speaking for the Pioneer's conference. I was proud of myself, as the week abroad had not kept...

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Iraq - A History Lesson

(2) Comments | Posted March 10, 2009 | 1:44 PM

Today, President Obama announced his plan to withdraw all American troops from Iraq by the end of 2011. This monumental decision marks a historic moment in our new President's foreign policy agenda and I applaud his efforts to responsibly complete the withdrawal. Clearly President Obama has learned from...

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Iraq's Struggle for Civil Rights

(1) Comments | Posted February 16, 2009 | 3:40 PM

The election of President Barack Obama, signals an important change in America's Iraq policy. It is time to end this war. We are withdrawing our forces from Iraq, first leaving the towns and cities this coming June, and then moving out of the country entirely by the summer of 2010...

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The United States of Obama

(3) Comments | Posted November 17, 2008 | 9:13 AM

Anyone not under a rock for the last week is aware of not only the domestic, but international scent of excitement that continues to fill the air with political optimism, the result of the election of Barack Obama. I, like many others, read the articles, watched the news stories, and...

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Got Change?

(1) Comments | Posted September 5, 2008 | 9:37 PM

All of the confetti and balloons have fallen, the banners and signs have been packed away, and the chants of supporters are mere whispers in the wind. Both the DNC and the RNC are almost distant memories and the true campaign is in full swing as Obama/Biden stand toe to...

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Imminent Death of Down Payment Assistance for Minorities

(10) Comments | Posted July 15, 2008 | 3:56 PM

At a time when the price of necessities such as bread and gas are skyrocketing and our people are struggling to meet the very basic needs of their families, the Bush Administration is trying to stick the knife in that much further in regards to housing.

It is bad enough...

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