(SEASIDE, Calif.) – Ron Johnson has been named the new President and CEO of the Boys & Girls Clubs of Monterey County (BGCMC) by a unanimous vote of the BGCMC Board of Directors. Board Chairman Tom Gray made the announcement. “Our Board is very enthusiastic about Ron’s appointment as his experience, presence in the community, not to mention his commitment to the Clubs’ mission, make him the perfect fit for this role,” he said.
After conducting a nationwide search and interviewing a pool of outstanding local and national candidates, the BGCMC Board of Directors selected Johnson to follow Dr. Michael L. Jackson, who served in the role for two years to support the organization’s transition from the long-time and outstanding tenure of Donna Ferraro. Dr. Jackson will serve as an advisor to Mr. Johnson for six months, continuing to lend his support to the Clubs’ on-going $6M Investing in Great Futures Campaign. The Campaign has already garnered excellent support from foundations, corporations, and individuals, including nearly $500,000 to install new solar panel systems on the Seaside and Salinas Clubhouses, a $1M anonymous matching grant to support academic programs and increase the endowment, and a $300,000 grant from the Monterey Peninsula Foundation to expand facilities to support programs and services for teens.
“I’m excited to lead our organization as we embark on our next 50 years of serving youth and their families in Monterey County,” said Mr. Johnson. “I look forward to working with our excellent staff and Board of Directors as we have a direct impact on improving the lives of our members, and steering them in a positive and uplifting direction.”
Prior to his appointment, which will begin in early August, Johnson served as Associate Vice President of the Clubs. He has served the organization in multiple leadership roles since 1992 when construction began on the new Seaside Clubhouse, which replaced the original church location when it opened in 1994. Mr. Johnson oversaw the construction of the Harden Youth Center Clubhouse in Salinas, which opened in 2003. The Clubs, which once served 75 youth a day, has grown to serve more than 600 children and teens daily. Much of that growth has happened with Mr. Johnson’s direct involvement. He’s well known for his leadership abilities and served as a board member of other non-profit organizations in Monterey County, including United Way, All Saints Day School, Monterey Peninsula College Foundation and The Village Project. Mr. Johnson is a former NFL player with the Philadelphia Eagles. He is married to Lynn Johnson and they have two sons, Evan, 14 and Wesley, 20.
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About Boys & Girls Clubs of Monterey County
The Boys & Girls Clubs of Monterey County (BGCMC) has played an integral role in the community for over 50 years. BGCMC operates Clubhouses in Seaside and Salinas, providing a safe haven for over 600 children and teens a day with programs that focus on Academic Success, Healthy Lifestyles, Good Character & Leadership. Club members are offered mentoring and guidance to maintain on-grade school progression, graduate from high school, and prepare for college and careers. Nearly 90% of the total budget comes from generous individuals, corporations and foundations. The Clubs are open Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. – 6 p.m. during summer and school breaks, and from 12 p.m. to 6 p.m. when school is in session. Additional information is available at www.bgcmc.org or via phone at 831-394-5171.