Darrell Johnson

New Orleans

Fund Development Chair, 100 Black Men of Metro New Orleans

Darrell Johnson is an advocate for human rights, an activist for youth in crisis and a supporter of social justice. He has more than 15 years of fundraising, non-profit management, and public relations experience. A native Louisianan; Mr. Johnson completed his undergraduate studies at Loyola University- New Orleans and his Masters-level training at the University of St. Thomas- Houston.

Mr. Johnson is a champion for initiatives that empower boys and young men of color, as well as societal issues like the disproportionate rates of HIV/AIDS in the African-American community, hunger & homelessness and the abolishment of modern-day slavery. He began his non-profit career in New Orleans, volunteering at Bishop Perry Catholic Middle School, where he became involved with the school’s fundraising and event planning committee.  While he continued to support Bishop Perry he began an internship position with Odyssey House, Louisiana, Inc. and soon hired as the organization’s Director of Development & Public Affairs.   

Prior to Hurricane Katrina, he held the position of Executive Director for United Service for AIDS Foundation, Inc. (USAF) – a Louisiana 501(c) (3) organization dedicated to facilitating the provision of efficient responsive assistance to all facets of the community infected and affected by HIV/AIDS, where he was brought in to amplify the agency’s awareness and visibility within the African-American community, while helping to add to its funding sources. After the storm, Mr. Johnson relocated to Houston and worked, directly, with the displaced Louisiana community, as well as Houston’s homeless population. This afforded him the opportunity to manage major projects, and oversee new program implementation for agencies such as Neighborhood Center, Inc. the United Way of Greater Houston and HEB food stores. 
In 2007, Mr. Johnson joined the My Fellow Man Alliance (MFMA) homeless advocacy agency and served as the agency’s Executive Director until its closing in 2011. He is the producer of the special fundraising endeavor Houston Homeless RunSM (2008 & 2010) and Houston's first Hunger & Homeless Awareness Month events. After the closing of the MFMA agency, in 2011, Mr. Johnson joined United Against Human Trafficking, an agency that exists to end modern-day slavery as the agency’s Director of Development and Boys Prevention Programs.

Upon returning to New Orleans ( in 2015), Mr. Johnson joined Father Flanagan’s Boys Home/Boys Town Louisiana -as the agency’s Director of Development until January 2019.
Currently, in addition to serving as Fund Development chair for the 100 Black Men of Metro New Orleans, he is also a mentor with the Silverback Society, Real Men Read (a mentoring initiative for elementary students) and Fair Trade Towns - a coalition of individuals who believe that producers should be paid fair prices for their products and are rooted in people to people connection and sustainability.