Deidre Johnson

Deidre Johnson is the CEO & Executive Director of the Center for African American Health and an Adjunct Professor at the University of Denver’s Nonprofit Leadership Program. An ASCEND Aspen Institute Fellow, a Transformative Leadership for Change Fellow and a Bonfils-Stanton Foundation Livingston Fellow, Deidre is passionate about racial equity, health, philanthropy and challenging systems to do better by the children and families they serve.

Deidre has spoken on over a dozen stages about Health Equity, Racial Equity, Philanthropy, Maternal Health and Women’s Leadership. Media outlets include: NPR’s 1A, Colorado Public Radio, NBC, ABC and CBS. 

She has an AB in English from Princeton University and an MBA from the Yale School of Management. 


Creating Health Equity

Women Rising

Rethinking Philanthropy to Support Nonprofit Capacity

Deidre Johnson is a confident, clear and knowledgeable speaker. She inspired the women at our conference to stand in their power.
– Cynthia James, CEO, Women Creating Our Futures
White children are raised with expectation, while Black children are raised with hope. It’s time for us to turn hope into expectation for all children.
-Deidre Johnson

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