Speakers

Yodit Mesfin Johnson

President & CEO

Nonprofit Enterprise at Work

Yodit (yo-deet) Mesfin Johnson (she/her) has been working at the intersections of racial justice and liberatory practices for women and Black, Indigenous and Other People of Color for nearly two decades. Her full time work is as President & CEO of Nonprofit Enterprise at Work (NEW) where she works alongside staff and board to steward the organizations' mission to inspire and equip mission-driven people, organizations and communities to realize their visions of a just and thriving society. She first joined NEW as a governance consultant in 2008, served as Chief Operating Officer and Vice President of Strategy from 2016 to 2019, and became CEO in 2020. Recently, her work also includes facilitating dialogue with leaders, nonprofit/community-based organizations and communities of people who wish to explore anti-racist practices, racial justice and dismantling of white supremacy within themselves, the social sector and their communities. A champion for human rights and social change she believes there is no greater antidote for hate than love, justice and liberation.

Yodit is a proud alumnus of the prestigious Marshall Memorial Fellowship, and recent recipient of the Peace and Justice Honoree award given by the Interfaith Council for Peace and Justice. She is recent past chair of the United Way of Washtenaw County board of directors and serves as a close advisor to We The People Opportunity Farm, an organization that provides training and development for those returning home from jail or prison.

For her son, Yodit founded Black Men Read, a community literacy initiative that centers around African American men and stories of the African diaspora as teaching and learning opportunities for the beloved children of her community. In her spare time, she is actively trying to decolonize her mind through poetry, dance and a love of food and cooking; including drawing upon the ancestral practices and recipes of her Ethiopian elders.