J. M. Johnson provides flexible and knowledgeable partnership that helps funders move from idea to impact, supporting Arabella’s clients in navigating the ambiguity and challenges inherent in building new initiatives and communities. His work focuses on operationalizing programmatic visions and authentically convening and engaging stakeholders to foster momentum and shared and inclusive ownership of new initiatives and movements. In short: he specializes in helping clients get things done to see their strategies come to life. His work at Arabella draws on 10 years of striving for environmental, economic, and LGBTQ justice, an unwavering commitment to advancing the common good, and the skill set he has developed over the years to collaborate with others on these goals.
From 2016 to 2018, J. M. was responsible for high-level management of the Windward Fund’s central operations, including governance, communications, development, and finance. J. M. worked with the Windward Fund board of directors to hone their strategic vision for contributing to the broader environmental movement, and he continues to lead implementation of the organization’s strategic plan. Additionally, J. M. has directly supervised the management of several complex initiatives hosted at the Windward Fund and New Venture Fund, partnering with foundations to build efficient and grantee-centered grant-making processes, participating in the design and implementation of governance structures, and managing stakeholder relationships between funders and grantee partners.
Prior to joining Arabella, J. M. partnered with the executives of Climate Policy Initiative, an international think tank focused on climate finance, to develop and implement personnel and operations strategies to make the organization successful. Before that, he managed the nationwide communications operations for the Sierra Club’s largest priority campaign, Beyond Coal. J. M. has extensive experience with early-stage social impact initiatives, having spent the earliest years of his career managing operations for a fiscally sponsored public health and social justice project in San Francisco.
Outside of the workplace, J. M. is on the Leadership Team of Horizons Young Professionals for Equality (HYPE), a grassroots movement working to promote accessible philanthropy, build a culture of giving, and support the leadership development of community-minded LGBTQ+ individuals and allies. HYPE empowers and unites emerging leaders in the San Francisco Bay Area through grant making to grassroots LGBTQ+ organizations and developing strong community relationships.
J. M. was a Presidential Scholar and graduated with honors with a BA in psychology and a minor in religion from Bluffton University.