Yolanda F. Johnson

Senior Consultant, Fundraising & SPECIAL EVENTS

Yolanda has had many years as a successful non-profit development executive. Her roles have included Vice-President, Development and Communications at Chess in the Schools, a youth development organization in NYC, before her tenure as the head of development at the Princess Grace Foundation-USA. Preceding these roles was that of overseeing individual giving and special events at the Hudson River Museum of Art in Westchester.  Yolanda also served as Acting Executive Director of the Barthelmes Conservatory of Music in Oklahoma.

Having served in many leadership roles with Women in Development, NY, Yolanda recently became the first African-American President-Elect in the organization's history. She has appeared as a panelist at Fundraising Day in New York, the Women’s Alliance National Conference and the New York Center for Non-Profit Success. She also serves on the Board of Directors of the Lehman College Art Gallery, the International Advisory Board of the Foundation for Post Conflict Development and was a previous board member of the Friends of Philipse Manor Hall State Historic Site. 

Yolanda's extensive background as a successful performing artist and public speaker has given her a unique, creative perspective on the communications and presentation aspects of development. She received her BA from the University of Tulsa and MA in Arts Administration with fundraising emphasis from The University of Akron, in addition to a certificate in Arts Management in Community Institutions. Yolanda’s specialty areas include securing funds for religious institutions, fine and performing arts organizations, organizations who support those with disabilities and youth development organizations.