Rural Prosperity Summit Speaker

Charlene Johnson

Charlene A. Johnson
Director of Business Development
Affordable Equity Partners

Charlene A. Johnson brings over 22 years of professional services business development experience.  Johnson has served as Director of Business Development for Affordable Equity Partners (AEP), a JES Holdings company, since 2012 with direct oversight and responsibility for establishing and maintaining investor relationships across the U.S.

Ms. Johnson's talents lie in fostering collaboration across the diverse interests of the business community, civic leaders and investors to deliver on AEP's mission to develop, build, manage and invest in quality housing where our families would be proud to live.  Mrs. Johnson has successfully helped raise more than $1.5 billion in equity to build, develop and manage quality affordable housing for working families, seniors and veterans.

Ms. Johnson's leadership extends across the JES family of companies where she helps develop talent and poise the company for future growth opportunities.  She has proven to be a strong leader in the community as she represents Affordable Equity Partners with multiple non-profit organizations.

Ms. Johnson is a St. Louis Business Journal “40 Under 40” award recipient and active in numerous civic and business organizations.  She is a member of the St. Louis Regional Business Council’s Young Professionals Steering Committee and is active in their higher education and community engagement efforts. Ms. Johnson coaches and mentors philanthropists and leaders for the United Way of Greater St. Louis, where she is involved at every level of the organization with board members and contributors.  She is also a member of the Heart of Missouri United Way Leadership Circle.

With a large regional office located in Atlanta, Ms. Johnson represents Affordable Equity Partners as a member of the Georgia Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors, Georgia Bankers Association, the Metro-Atlanta Chamber, Georgia Affordable Housing Coalition, Women in Affordable Housing Network, the Atlanta Opera and CREW Atlanta.

Ms. Johnson holds a degree from Arizona State University.

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