Leonard C. Johnson, III
Deputy Chief of Staff/ Founder
City of St. Louis Treasurer’s Office
JCS Consulting LLC
Born: Centreville, IL
East St. Louis Senior High School
Colleges & Degrees
Univ. Missouri-St. Louis
Masters Public Policy & Administration
Graduate Certificate, Local Government Management
Harris-Stowe State University, Pre-Law, BS Professional Interdisciplinary Studies
Harris-Stowe State University, Minors: Education, History, and Sociology
Member of the following:
RBC Young Professionals
Urban League Young Professionals
:RBC Leadership 100
American Society for Public Administration
Consumer Federation of America
Harris-Stowe Distinguished Alumni
After receiving your bachelor’s degree, and a management graduate certificate, why did you pursue your master’s degree?
I actually received my masters and graduate certificate simultaneously. Ironically, after I graduated from undergrad, I applied for a job as a leadership and training professional, only to later find out that it was a fellowship that required that I study in a master’s program. Driven by a passion for public service, it was a natural fit for me to study public policy and administration.
Long before the unrest in Ferguson, you were working for social justice and equality for minorities. Please share some movements you have been a part of, and your role(s).
STL DreamKeepers –May 2007
In conjunction with the 40th year anniversary of the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., I co-founded an organization called STL DreamKeepers. The STL DreamKeepers was a group of young professionals and college students committed to racial harmony and social justice in the City of St. Louis. Our partnership included a day of celebration for the life and legacy of Dr. King, while at the same time bringing awareness to the huge racial divide and segregation in the city. I also lead a fundraising effort to raise $10,000 for the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. National Monument in Washington, D.C.
Jena 6 Rally –September 2007
Back in September 2007, I along with two dozen other student government association presidents at historically black colleges and universities across the country, organized a protest on our campuses to bring awareness to the injustice that was occurring in Jena, LA. At that time a six black students (known as the Jena 6) at Jena high school were arrested for a fight that resulted from nooses being laid on a schoolyard tree that was known for “white only” use.
Marcus Gosa, Community Prayer, April 2010
In April of 2010, I found out that one of my neighborhood friends, 17 year-old East St. Louis Senior High School senior, Marcus Gosa had been tragically killed by gun violence just a few weeks before his high school graduation and his 18th birthday. After learning of his untimely death, I organized an Anti-Violence Rally and Community Prayer to honor the life of Marcus and help raise funds for his burial in the very location his deceased body was found. We were able to get his entire funeral costs paid for by.
Justice for Trayvon Rally, March 2012
Many are familiar with the tragic death of Trayvon Martin. I organized a Justice for Trayvon rally in St. Louis, MO. More than 200 people gathered in support of Martin. I wanted to not only bring awareness to unfortunate death of Trayvon, but also bring awareness to the senseless deaths of many young people of color to gun violence. I urged those in attendance to not just get fired up about an incident that occurred more than 1,000 miles away.