The Mercer Street Friends Board of Trustees is pleased to announce the selection of Armstead G. Johnson to be executive director of the organization. Mr. Johnson takes the helm of the community-based, Quaker-affiliated organization on Monday, June 6th, succeeding Dr. Shannon M. Mason.
Mr. Johnson has a strong record of leadership at non-profits similar to Mercer Street Friends (MSF) in mission, and a wealth of experience in youth development and anti-poverty programming. He comes to MSF from the United Community Corporation (UCC) in Newark, where he was executive director. Like MSF, the UCC is an anti-poverty organization that has been a cornerstone of its community for over 50 years.
Before leading the UCC, he was executive director of All Saints Community Service and Development Corporation, which serves at-risk youth in Hoboken and Union City. His professional experience includes working with the Boys & Girls Clubs and the Urban League, and advocating for people with disabilities. Mr. Johnson also served social service agencies in Plainfield, Orange, West Orange, and Clifton.
Mr. Johnson received his B.A. degree in Political Science from Howard University and an M.A. Degree in Public Administration from Rutgers University-Newark. He also received a certificate in Executive Non-Profit Leadership from Fairleigh Dickinson University.
Dr. Delia Pitts, Vice-Chair of MSF’s Board and Chair of the Search Committee, noted that the committee members were especially impressed with Mr. Johnson’s fundraising experience, his engaging personality, his extensive supervisory experience in a variety of leadership roles, and his optimism about the future of Mercer Street Friends.
Dr. Shannon Mason welcomed her successor, saying, “I have loved and labored for Mercer Street Friends for almost fourteen years, and I could not be happier about the choice of Armstead. He has proven to be an innovative leader who can make the hard decisions and build from challenging places. He is smart, experienced, charismatic, and compelling; he will be good for Mercer Street Friends and for the City of Trenton.”
“I am excited to join the Mercer Street Friends team,” said Mr. Johnson, “Together we will continue the good work MSF has been providing those most in need in the Trenton Community.”