Byron Johnson is a senior project director at CompassPoint where he designs, manages, and provides skills-based coaching and consulting to nonprofit boards, staff, organizations, networks, and government agencies in the areas of board development, executive transitions, strategy, and succession planning. He also teaches fund development and executive transitions workshops in CompassPoint’s training and conference series and serves as lead trainer of the Fundraising Academy for Communities of Color, a cohort-based training and coaching series offered in collaboration with the Grassroots Institute for Fundraising Training (GIFT) and Community Partners.
Prior to joining CompassPoint in 2005, Byron spent over ten years in leadership and senior fund development positions for local nonprofit organizations, including San Francisco State University, where he was the first planned giving officer, and the East Bay Asian Local Development Corporation.
A proud Oakland native and a graduate of Oakland Tech, Byron is excited about CompassPoint’s recent move to “The Town.” The issue areas he’s most passionate about and interested in resolving include stemming the tide of violence and exploitation (particularly in disenfranchised communities), promoting individual and collective health, and striving for economic and social equity.
Bachelor of Arts: English with a concentration in Creative Writing
San Francisco State University
Credential: Certified Fund Raising Executive (CFRE)
Certified Professional Coach
Leadership That Works Coaching for Transformation Certification
- Donaldina Cameron House: Byron provided executive transition consulting services for this 135-year-old SF Chinatown-based multi-serving agency resulting in the hire of their new executive director. Read more about Byron’s work with Donaldina Cameron House.
- Leadership Learning Community: With succession planning as a framework, Byron worked with them to develop and implement a Leadership Restructuring Plan for greater impact and sustainability. This twelve-year Oakland-based nonprofit engages a nationwide network of leadership development programs, funders, and researchers in developing engaging cutting-edge leadership development approaches that are changing the way leadership development is conceived, conducted, and evaluated.
- Restaurant Opportunities Center of Michigan: Byron worked with this rapidly growing national organization with over 10,000 low-wage restaurant worker members in ten locations on their transition to new leadership at the local level in Detroit which culminated in the hiring of a new director.
- The Coastal Health Alliance (CHA): Byron worked with CHA in the identification and selection of their new executive director. CHA is a Federally Qualified Health Center based in Point Reyes Station, CA. With only one small private practice in West Marin, CHA’s 13 medical providers and 20 plus staff are effectively the main health care infrastructure for West Marin.
- Co-author, “Growing Your Own: Finding (People of Color) Fundraisers in Our Midst.” Grassroots Fundraising Journal, 2012.
- Co-author, “Great Expectations: How Executive Directors Can Create Powerful Fundraising Partnerships.” Nonprofit Quarterly, 2010.
My board development/management skills and confidence were significantly increased through the process. I came away the sense of this work being more of an adventure than a challenge - positive outcomes will result. And although there are ups & downs, work-life balance is better, too.
I appreciated the expertise, humor and insight Byron brought to the engagement."