Brandon Johnson was elected to serve as Wichita's District 1 Council Member in 2017. Since taking office, he has worked tirelessly to advocate for community members while seeking economical progress for the city's northeast neighborhoods.
Johnson, a Wichita native, grew up in the area he now represents. The Northeast High School graduate became involved in community work as a young leader and his passion for bettering the community around him never faded.
His efforts include more than 10 years of advocating for economic development through youth employment, job creation, social services and community education.
In 2011, Johnson created the nonprofit organization, Community Operations Recovery Empowerment (CORE). The agency focuses on community engagement and leadership development, particularly in District I. Through CORE, Johnson has helped foster dialog between law enforcement and residents through a series of “Know Your Rights” forums; as well as hosted several community conversations focused on how to end gang violence and involvement and champions health and wellness through the development of a community gardens with produce being distributed to bordering neighborhoods.
He served on the advisory board of the Heartland Wichita Black Chamber of Commerce and participates as a liaison through Wichita Urban Professionals to the Entrepreneurship Task Force; a group that is affiliated with the Greater Wichita Partnership that holds as its tasks to: “build on Wichita’s rich entrepreneurial heritage by identifying, engaging and advocating for entrepreneurial organizations, businesses and individuals” as well as to “leverage public and private resources important to entrepreneurs.”
As an active member of Wichita Urban Professionals, Johnson works to help empower Wichita’s young, diverse and talented through relevant personal and professional development coaching, engaging leadership training and through dynamic social networking events.
The accolades Johnson has amassed for his community involvement are numerous. In 2014, Johnson was named among the Wichita Business Journal’s 40 Under 40 as well as receiving the Ron Walter Achievement from the Wichita Branch NAACP. In addition to those recognitions, Johnson has twice received the Man of Excellence from Grant Chapel A.M.E Church as well as 2009 Citizen of the Year from Omega Psi Phi Fraternity Inc.
Johnson’s political involvement is as follows:
- Vice Chair for the Kansas Democratic Party (Present)
- District Advisory Board for District 1 (2015–2018)
- Democratic Precinct Committeeman (Precinct 112) (2014–2016)
- Regional Field Organizer – Kansas Democratic Party (2014)
- Kansas Advisory Board for Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (2005–2015)
Johnson is married to Danielle, who is the Assistant Director for Wichita State University’s Office of Diversity and Inclusion, and has three children, Khairi, Aria and Arin.
Statement on conflict of interest on Habitat for Humanity: "As my spouse is the executive director of the local Habitat for Humanity, and as I acknowledge the potential conflict of interest, I will abstain from participating in the discussion of and voting on any matter pertaining to Housing and Urban Development funding and/or partnerships that may come before the Wichita City Council that could benefit Habitat for Humanity, its officers or staff."