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Mon, 12/22/2014 - 3:34pm by Diane Stiefermann

Ferguson Commission Hires Managing Director

Bethany Johnson-Javois Moves From Commissioner to Head of Staff

ST. LOUIS - Commission Co-Chairs Rev. Starsky Wilson and Rich McClure have announced the appointment of Bethany Johnson-Javois as managing director of the Ferguson Commission. In this role, she will head the organization’s efforts to fulfill its mission to help create long-term, positive change in the St. Louis region. Johnson-Javois, who was appointed by Governor Jay Nixon to the Ferguson Commission, will take a leave of absence as CEO of St. Louis Integrated Health Network (IHN) effective January 15 to take on this new role. She will leave her role as a Commissioner, but will continue to provide her important perspective in an ex-officio capacity to the Commission.

"This work is an extension of IHN’s work in community-based healthcare. My experience leading a $1.3 million nonprofit that addresses socioeconomic and social justice factors every day is intricately connected to the Commission’s charge of leading meaningful and sustainable change," said Johnson-Javois. “I am committed to bringing a variety of voices to the table as we work to transform our region to be more responsive to and equitable for everyone in the community.”

As managing director, her duties will include assembling and leading Commission staff; providing strategic oversight for community engagement; overseeing all Commission-led activities including meetings, work groups and initiatives; and working with the Commissioners and community to develop an action-focused report in September 2015.

“We believe her strategic skills and her approach to sustainable, healing solutions are just what we need in this role. She has extensive experience in complex systems transformation efforts and community engagement that will help us develop a framework that ensures accountability and transparency as we address the challenging issues our region faces,” said Wilson and McClure.

Johnson-Javois’ leadership in the healthcare sector has garnered notable recognition including the St. Louis Business Journal 2014 Class 40 Under 40; Washington University Brown School of Social Work 2014 Distinguished Alumni Award; St. Louis American Inaugural Class Young Leader under 40 recognition and the Access to Equal Justice Award from the Washington University School of Law’s Clinical Education Program. Johnson-Javois is also member of the 2014-2015 Executive Advisory Council for Missouri State University College of Business and serves on the board of the Deaconess Foundation. She holds a B.S. in International Business Management from Missouri State University and a Master of Social Work from the Brown School of Social Work at Washington University.

The Commission is an empowered, independent and diverse group that is studying the underlying social and economic conditions underscored by unrest in the wake of the death of Michael Brown. Members include: co-chairs Rev. Starsky Wilson and Rich McClure, Kevin Ahlbrand, Rasheen Aldridge, Jr., the Rev. Traci Blackmon, T.R. Carr, Gabriel E. Gore Jr., Dan Isom II, Becky James-Hatter, Scott Negwer, Brittany Packnett, Felicia Pulliam, Patrick Sly, Grayling Tobias and Rose Windmiller.

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