Bonita C. Johnson, Scientist
Bonita C. Johnson is a philanthropist, microbiologist/physical scientist, community psychology practitioner, and trauma-informed social justice and policy advocate that leads the Enchanted Closet, Inc., a 100% volunteer-run 501c(3) nonprofit with the mission of physically, mentally, and emotionally outfitting metropolitan Atlanta girls from low-income families through programs that prepare them for social and professional milestones. With her passionate leadership, the organization has met the needs of over 6500 girls, ages 12-19 years old, and has saved families over $1,750,000 collectively through the annual Prom Dress Giveaway and GIRL$ Programs. Bonita created the GIRL$ Program, a life readiness and skills development program to aid in enhancing the self-awareness, self-esteem, and self-sufficiency of girls. Each year, girls from over 30 schools and group homes are empowered to overcome obstacles and reach higher heights. The program has helped to reduce the number of girls at risk for low academic performance, abuse, human trafficking, pregnancy, teen violence, and poor health.
Bonita serves as a program manager with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency where she provides technical advice and education for the implementation of the Clean Water Act and related water quality assessment and reporting. She manages multi-million dollar grants, negotiates workplans and oversees the deliverables of eight Southeastern States. Bonita also serves as Regional Colleges and Underserved Communities Manager through which she provides communities with access to multiple avenues of support from universities and colleges that will address their environmental and economic conditions and enhance their quality of life. The partnerships provide opportunities for college students to gain practical “real world” experience by working with experienced professionals in apprenticeship, internship, and practicum settings.
As a community psychology practitioner, Bonita uses empirical research and theory to develop, implement, evaluate, and advocate for social interventions and policies that promote the well-being of diverse populations. Her areas of focus include social, cultural, economic, political, and environmental influences that impact health, wellness, and empowerment at individual and systemic levels.
Bonita is a Life Member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. She volunteers with and serves on the boards of organizations that focus on children and women’s rights, civil and human rights, health and wellness, poverty alleviation, and social action and justice. She is a graduate of Atlanta Federal Executive Board-Leadership Government, United Way VIP, and is a member of the Atlanta-Tuskegee Alumni Club and the Georgia State Alumni Association.
Bonita has received awards from diverse entities. Her most recent ones include the 2017 Let Us Make Man Community Service Award; 2016 Dr. Barbara King Butterfly Award for Grassroots Activist; 2015 Humanitarian Business Award; 2015 Innovation Award, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency; 2014 Thomas C. Wilson Youth Services Award, NAACP-DeKalb Branch; 2013 Pioneer Award, Atlanta-Tuskegee Alumni Club; 2012 Legend in Social Justice, Chi Tau Omega Chapter-AKA, Inc.; 2012 Service Award, DeKalb County Juvenile Court; 2012 Community Trailblazer, JABY, Inc.; 2011 Salute to Women Award, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency; 2010 Holiday Hero Award, Atlanta Journal and Constitution & B98.5 Radio.
Of all her roles and accolades, Bonita is most passionate and honored to be a servant of God. She is a member of New Beginning Full Gospel Baptist Church under the leadership of Bishop James Morton.