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Aiysha (AJ) Johnson

Aiysha (AJ) Johnson is the executive director, Americas region at BKR International - a global top ten accounting association supporting member firms in the U.S., Canada, Latin-America, and the Caribbean. Additionally, she oversees the executive office headquartered in NYC, including the day-to-day operations for IT, Member Services, Office Administration, and Accounting and more.

Johnson has over twenty years of wide-ranging experience working for nonprofits, with an executive focus in global management. She has proven success in building and 

supporting high-trust organizational cultures, growing revenue and programs, building strategic partnerships, and more. Her business interests include ethics, women and 

diversity, data-driven strategies, technology, impact investing, and tax policy. She oversees all activities, meetings, programs, and services in the BKR Americas markets to ensure member value and lead growth.

Johnson is a member of the University of Chicago Alumni Board and has served the academic community over the years. For several years, she was the vice president and director-at-large of the Chicago Women's Alliance (CWA), and she has volunteered for the Jeff Metcalf Internship Program as a professional coach for students in the College. Johnson also served as the Crown Family School's New York Alumni Regional Chair and was an active member of the New York City Alumni Leadership Workgroup.

Aiysha is the creator of the "Let's Talk DEI" podcast series that was supported through the Robert J. Myers Fund (2022), and focused on the ethics of equality through several interviews.  The podcast series explored the ethics of equality through journalism, sports, and civic engagement.  She holds an MA from the University of Chicago Crown Family School of Social Work, Policy, and Practice, with a B.S. from Western Illinois University. Johnson also completed the Global Senior Management Program at the University of Chicago Booth School of Business and IE School of Business and was the recipient of their Women's Leadership Scholarship.

Aiysha enjoys the arts, volunteering, writing, reading, and travel. She is also a food and wine enthusiast and a member of Chaine Des Rotissuers. 

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