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Jeff Johnson

Jeff Johnson
Jeff Johnson
Chief of Strategy
Illume Communications

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 role, 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. He works with clients to develop strategic content that merges effective traditional communication with innovative methodology for the purpose of positive transformative change and market impact.

A former BET host and producer and an MSNBC contributor, Johnson 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. Johnson 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.

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