Jarvis Johnson is an entrepreneur, consultant and developer, motivational speaker, strategist, community organizer, trainer, and speaks about new opportunities and ideas centered on empowerment and change. For over 25 years he has worked to create harmony and self-sufficiency through community involvement, neighborhood organizations and business development.
Mr. Johnson is Owner of Aunt Bea’s Restaurant, a historic eatery in Houston’s North side andPresident of Commagere International Consultant Group; which coordinates trade missions to African countries, with the most recent trip being Ghana with two more planned for Sudan and Kenya in late 2013. He has extensive knowledge of African trade and investment opportunities and has provided educational and job opportunities for several African countries. Through histravels he has assisted with community projects to empower and have a lasting impact on countless African families and communities.
Also Mr. Johnson is co-owner of two daycares in Houston.
Previously, as a Houston City Council Member, Johnson embraced “Leading by Example” as hissignature motto to help motivate communities and business opportunities both local and internationally.
As a City Council Member, Mr. Johnson developed sustainable mixed-income communities, comfortable and stable living for senior citizens, more green space for parks, and better commercialism for urban communities. By accomplishing the aforementioned objective he was able to improve the quality of life for it’s over 250,000 constituents. His main focus was to enhance the people he served, by building for change, as he built to reconstruct the blighted communities and develop entrepreneurial opportunities and business mechanisms. He was able to bring several new business developments into his District to ensure that the people living in the district would be gainfully employed; by negotiating in the contract to hire people from within the District.
Mr. Johnson employed and empowered young people from high schools in his District and from local colleges by offering them political experience and community service opportunities as interns in his office.One of Johnson’s last major negotiations was to get 3.5 million of federal dollars donated to Texas Southern University to refurbish the historic Deluxe Theater in 5th Ward into a theater arts school. Council Member Johnson hosted several youth-oriented community events designed to empower and equip young adults for future success through workshops and training forums. The seniors in District B were given special treatment with gathering moments through District B’s Senior Citizen Christmas Party, Thanksgiving Turkey Giveaway, and Senior Citizen City Hall and Downtown Tours. As a member of the International Liaison and Protocol committee, Mr. Johnson traveled to numerous countries such as: Beijing, China and Baku, Azerbaijan to establish goodwill and comrade for country relations. He has extensive travels to various West African countries; Gambia, Senegal, Ghana, Nigeria, Cameroun and strong relationships in East Africa-Nairobi, Kenya and Cape Town and Johannesburg, South Africa. Mr. Johnson has been recognized for his community, business and political acumens in severalNational and local publications; Rolling Stone, Jet Ebony and Black Enterprise Magazines and Houston Business Connection, just to name a few.
Jarvis Johnson has received many awards since he embarked on the challenges of creating, developing and molding young minds into becoming great leaders. His work and contributions have been recognized by countless organizations and others around the country. In 2000 Johnson was awarded Rolling Stone Magazine “Do Something Brick Award” in New York City that recognized 10 top young administrators from across the country. Mr. Johnson was selected from a pool of 5000 applicants.
A partial listing of others that have recognized his work: The Black United Fund of Texas-Angelina Williams for Outstanding Community Service as a college student, The National Association of Black Social Workers-Distinction Award, National Association of Black Public Administrators-Young Administrator of the Year Award, National Council of Negro Women-Houston Chapter Distinguished Service Award, and Texas Association for the Education of Young Children-Advocate of the Year, and the H.E.S.P Union ‘Pillar of the Community’ Award. Minority Business Community, Drug Enforcement Administration, Houston Fire Department, Knights of Peter Clavier and the President’s Award -Texas Southern University. He is a member of the Greater Houston Restaurant Association and the Greater Houston Visitors and Convention Bureau along with a host of other community and international organizations and associations.
Mr. Jarvis Johnson resides in Houston, Texas where he lives with his wife, Charlene Ward-Johnson and their two beautiful children, Nalyah and Jarvis II.