The Illinois Network of Charter Schools (INCS) congratulates Eric Johnson, our Director of Development, as the newly elected President of the Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP) Chicago Chapter. AFP Chicago’s mission is to promote the development and growth of professional fundraising executives who are committed to the preservation and advancement of philanthropy in society and nonprofit institutions. Elected in 2014, Eric will serve as President-Elect in 2015, President in 2016, and Immediate Past President in 2017.
Eric has served as the Director of Development at INCS since 2010. A member of INCS’ leadership team, Eric oversees fundraising and strategic resource development for Illinois’ statewide charter support organization serving 148 schools and 63,000 students across the state.
“We are thrilled that the Association of Fundraising Professionals has recognized Eric’s leadership role in Chicago philanthropy. Eric has honed his craft over a number of years and his leadership and contributions have strengthened the charter public school movement in Illinois,” said Andrew Broy, President of the Illinois Network of Charter Schools. “I am confident in his ability to lead AFP Chicago and guide development professionals across the city to ensure that philanthropic professional serve their organizations and improve lives in our city.”
Prior to his role at INCS, Eric most recently served as the Chief Development Officer at the Golden Apple Foundation from 2006 to 2010 and the Director of Development and Communications for the Inner-City Teaching Corps from 2004 to 2006, now known as The Accelerate Institute. Upon graduation from college, Eric served as an AmeriCorps member with City Year in Seattle where he led a team of full-time volunteer corps members to provide after-school and Saturday programs for at-risk middle school youth. In 2002, he began working in development and fundraising with City Year’s national headquarters in Boston, Massachusetts and spent two years as a Development Associate with City Year Rhode Island in Providence.
Eric continues to be an active volunteer for several local and national nonprofit organizations, including AFP Chicago and the Donors Forum. He received his B.A. in Sociology from the University of Virginia and his M.S. in Learning & Organizational Change from Northwestern University’s School of Education and Social Policy. He lives in Roscoe Village with his wife, Anissa Listak, and two daughters, Ella and Isla.
“We are truly honored that Eric accepted the invitation to serve as the association’s President-Elect. We look forward to his strategic leadership and guidance as we expand AFP’s role in our philanthropic and fundraising communities,” said Pam Williams, Executive Director of AFP Chicago
The Illinois Network of Charter Schools (INCS) is dedicated to the improvement of education by establishing high-quality charter public schools that transform lives and communities. As the voice of Illinois charter schools, INCS advocates for legislation on behalf of the charter sector, provides support to strengthen charter schools, and influences education policy for the benefit of all public school students.