DAVID N. JOHNSON


David N. Johnson’s professional career and experience spans over 35 years in the academic,        private and public sectors. Since 1972, he taught African History, African American History, 

Sociology and Urban Studies at South Suburban College, Prairie State College, Trinity Christian 

College, and Governors State University.


In 2008 he retired from full time teaching and as the Chairman of the Department of Social and Behavioral Sciences at South Suburban College in South Holland, Illinois.


His career in public service as an elected official began when he was elected to the West Harvey-Dixmoor Board of Education in 1978 and 1981. As a board member, he provided leadership                   in the establishing of board committees and regular evaluations of the district superintendent   

to insure greater accountability.


From the board of education he went on to become Harvey Illinois’ first African American Mayor.   Mayor Johnson served from 1983 to 1995. During this time he served as the President of the Illinois Chapter of Black Mayors and First Vice President of the National Conference of Black Mayors (NCBM).


As the Mayor of Harvey, he provided leadership for the change to the Aldermanic form of      government from the outmoded and unconstitutional Commission form of government. His administration developed economic development incentives (Enterprise Zone, Tax Increment    Financing (TIF) Districts, County Tax Reduction, Special taxing mechanisms and Tax Reactivation Programs). Land use, labor force and infrastructure plans were developed during his administration 

in conjunction with Cook County’s Department of Planning.


A Mayor’s office of employment and training, central purchasing and human services were established to give the city’s administration more accountability, coherence and efficiency. Under       his leadership Harvey was a national leader in the renovation of single - family homes using HUD’s Urban Homestead Program. This was due, in large part, to the professionalization of the city’s department of planning with four masters prepared planners.


He is proud of the fact that African Americans and the city’s growing Hispanic population were          able to participate in all aspects of the local government during his tenure. Through the use of innovative financing African American contractors did 200 blocks of street resurfacing. In addition,     his administration assisted African American engineering students gain valuable experience through summer employment.


Presently, he is an associate with the PEOPLE Program, which fosters international exchanges,    dialogue with elected officials, journalists, academics and community-based organizations around   local, national, and international problems. Toward this end, he is an advisory board member of the South Shore High School International College Prep High school. The expectation is that students  obtain and apply skills necessary for college preparedness, global citizenship and medical health  careers both domestic and abroad.


In addition, he is the chairman of the board of the South Suburban Museum of African American  History (SSMAAH), a proposed museum that will serve the southern suburbs of Chicago and a      former board member of the Have A Heart for Sickle Cell Anemia Foundation which supports the    Sickle Cell Center at the University of Illinois at Chicago.


He is the president of David Johnson and Associates, Incorporated: a planning and municipal   consulting firm. As a consultant, he helped to develop the Blue Print Policy Agenda for University    Park, Illinois. He has done work for the Village of Dixmoor, the City of Harvey, the Chicago Heights Sister Cities Program which resulted in a partnership the Asougyaman District in Ghana, West Africa; the African American Task Force of the Gift of Hope (formerly the Regional Organ Bank of Illinois {ROBI}), and the development of the Outreach Mall and housing development in Harvey, Illinois.


Professor Johnson is a member of the advisory board of the Black Oaks Center for Sustainable and Resilient Communities, in Hopkins Park, Illinois. Black Oaks is training a new generation of farmers 

toward the goal of creating a local food system that will produce fresh produce and employment for under served communities in metropolitan Chicago.


For eleven years he wrote a column entitled “Subject to Change” for the Southtown-Star, a part of 

the Sun Times News Group that serves 39 south suburban communities.


He attended McKinley elementary school, Thornton High School, South Suburban College, Howard University and Rutgers University. Additionally, he holds a certificate in Zoning and Planning from Governors State University. The former Mayor was inducted into the Thornton Township High School Alumni Hall of Fame in May of 2013.


David believes meaningful change is made when groups of people are involved locally with a global perspective.


To contact David N. Johnson, call (708) 334-7811.