Leighton Johnson is a program manager at Jobs for the Future and is a member of the Pathways to Prosperity Network team. In this role, he provides technical assistance and coaching to states and regions in the Pathways to Prosperity Network. Mr. Johnson’s work focuses especially on policies and strategies for implementing grades 9-14+ career pathways, and he contributes to the Pathways asset mapping process in states and regions. He currently serves as the project manager for the Catalyzing CTE through Pay for Success, a federally funded U.S. Department of Education K-12 initiative. Other projects he has supported include providing technical assistance to state education/workforce agencies and school districts within Indiana, Massachusetts, and Texas.
Mr. Johnson has a background in philanthropy and particular interest and expertise related to issues of equity and educational attainment. He previously worked as a temporary program associate with The Boston Foundation, supporting the Foundation’s Nonprofit Effectiveness group. In this role, Mr. Johnson reviewed and served as a key internal staff liaison supporting the launch of the Open Door Grants funding initiative. The Open Door Grants initiative provided responsive and flexible grant resources to address pressing community needs in the Greater Boston community. Prior to this role, he worked as a graduate assistant for the Lumina Foundation, supporting strategies to increase equity and higher education degree attainment in support of Lumina's “Goal 2025.” He has also worked with the Central Indiana Community Foundation and the Indiana University School of Education. As a recipient of Indiana's state promise program, the 21st Century Scholarship, Mr. Johnson developed an interest in the important roles that state and community leaders play in influencing access to opportunities for underserved youth populations.
Mr. Johnson received his Bachelor of Arts from Indiana University Bloomington in History/African-American African Diaspora Studies and is currently completing his Master's in Philanthropic Studies at the Indiana University Lilly Family School of Philanthropy.