The Boys and Girls Club of Chattanooga continues to expand its presence in the community with its most recent hire of Donyel Johnson as their new chief development officer. Ms. Johnson's work in nonprofit and community development will enable the organization to expand impact in the greater Chattanooga area.
As Chief Development Officer, Ms. Johnson will guide the organization’s fundraising, communications, and community outreach strategies through partnerships, events, and growing the brand of the Boys and Girls Club. Her passion for empowering underserved youth through educational and community programs in addition to her experience from her previous work at the YMCA, Girl’s Inc, and most recently, as vice president of Development at the Public Education Foundation, will propel her impact in her new role, said officials.
“Donyel’s energy and passion for our mission is very inspirational” said Jim Morgan, the Club’s chief executive officer, “for Donyel brings a unique portfolio of experience that aligns with the future
direction of the club.”
“The work that the Boys and Girls Club of Chattanooga resonates deeply with me," said Ms. Johnson. "I see myself in the students that we work with and represent. As a first-generation college student, I understand the impact that nonprofit organizations can have on the lives of students, just as The Boys and Girls Club and several other nonprofits did for me. I am thrilled to join the incredible team as we work to grow and improve the services and impact of the Boys and Girls Club of Chattanooga.”
In addition to her work in the community, Ms. Johnson has been recognized as a 2018 Woman of Distinction and featured in Chatter’s Magazine as one of the top 20 under 40 professionals in Chattanooga. She enjoys making Chattanooga her home ever since coming to UT Chattanooga, where she earned both her Bachelor’s degree in Communications and her Masters of Public Administration.
“The Club’s Board of Directors welcomes Donyel to our movement, and we look forward to working with her as she expands Club’s base of stakeholders, donors and supporters.” said John Bode, Boys & Girls Clubs of Chattanooga Board chair.
She serves on the boards of the Association of Fundraising Professionals, UTC Public Service Advisory Board, Leadership Chattanooga Alumni Association, and is a 2017 Leadership Chattanooga Graduate. However, her favorite title and role is that of “mommy” to her two-year-old son, Austin.