Tim Johnson is founding Executive Director of Family Connection-Communities In Schools of Athens. His more than 45 years of experience in the nonprofit sector began when, as a college student in the 1970s, Tim co-founded and led a student organization that successfully lobbied for reform of Georgia landlord-tenant law, and he wrote legislation establishing a state solar energy tax credit and then successfully lobbied for its passage. He has served on more than twenty nonprofit boards and a variety of federal, state, and local government advisory committees. His consulting clients have included the Carter Presidential Center, the U.S.-Korea People’s Friendship Association, the Southern Regional Council, the Georgia Environmental Policy Institute, the U.S. Department of Energy, and many others. As executive director of Community Connection, a nonprofit information & referral (I&R) service, he brought the 2-1-1 telephone service to fourteen Northeast Georgia counties centered in Athens. It was the fifth location in the United States to have this service, through which anyone can dial 2-1-1 to find out where to obtain needed services and support, as well as volunteer opportunities; he also played a role in persuading the Federal Communications Commission to reserve this number for I&R nationwide. He also helped initiate the Nancy Travis Child Care Project (child care services for children who are homeless), special child care initiatives for children with disabilities, expanded support for low income working families, and numerous other programs. In 1991, he became the founding executive director of the Athens Family Connection Partnership, a collaboration of more than 100 organizational partners working in partnership with families to improve the lives of children and families. Among the partners are the Clarke County School District, Public Health, Advantage Behavioral Health, Family & Children Services, both hospitals, Department of Labor, Chamber of Commerce, several schools and colleges at the University of Georgia, Police Department, Sheriff, Mayor and Commission, individual businesses, faith community, civic organizations, dozens of private nonprofits, and others. It is designated by the state and local governments as the official planning and coordinating body for policies for children and families in Athens-Clarke County. The emphasis of Family Connection is collaborative, results-based accountability – “doing collective impact years before Stanford scientists came up with that term,” in the words of a New York consultant. In 2002, the organization affiliated with CIS to become Family Connection-Communities In Schools of Athens. In partnership with the Athens-Clarke County Unified Government, its team of Neighborhood Leaders serve each of 16 Prosperity Zones covering all of Athens-Clarke County. Under his leadership, the organization has received the “Fammie Award” as the leader in family involvement among more than 150 community partnerships. It is one of 13 community collaborations in the United States that was recognized by then-Vice President Al Gore and the National Partnership for Reinventing Government as models for success for children, selected as a “BOOST4Kids” partner to help the federal government improve outcomes for children nationwide; the Vice President’s aide called it “the model for the nation.” It was the designated lead entity for the Athens-Clarke County Community of Promise partnership with America’s Promise, initiated by Colin Powell. Its initiatives include the Classic City Performance Learning Center (nontraditional high school), Even Start (family literacy program), Early Head Start, Pathways to Success, Rites of Passage, Right Track, AT&T Graduation Project, and more than thirty other programs and initiatives. It also pulled together the University of Georgia, the Athens-Clarke County Unified Government, the Athens Area Chamber of Commerce, and the Clarke County School District to join it in convening Partners for a Prosperous Athens (now OneAthens), an initiative to mitigate poverty in the community. In fall of 2010, Family Connection-Communities In Schools of Athens was selected by the Department of Education as a Promise Neighborhood planning site, one of only 21 in the nation. In 2015, it was one of 18 recipients of an AT&T Foundation Aspire grant, which it utilized to implement the CIS site coordinator model in the three local high schools. In 2019, it was part of a Challenge grant with CIS of Georgia to support implementation of the site coordinator model in two highly challenged elementary schools. Among other recognition Tim has received are: designation as a “Community Hero” Olympic Flame Torchbearer for the Olympics; serving as a delegate at the bipartisan Presidents’ Summit on America’s Future in Philadelphia; receipt of the Athens-Clarke County Key to the City; receipt of the Athens Lifetime Community Service Award from the Junior League of Athens; receipt of the Martin Luther King Jr. Award from the Athens Human Relations Council; “Super Citizen” designation by the Athens Banner Herald; and a 2012 Big Voice for Georgia’s Children award. He has been profiled in two national nonprofit magazine cover stories, and several others have featured the work of his organizations. Tim resides in Athens with his wife, Robin Johnson. He is the father of three adult sons.