E. Bomani Johnson


Associate Director

E. Bomani Johnson is Vice President of External Partnerships at The Moriah Group where he also serves as the Associate Director of Forward Promise.

Grounded by a racial and gender justice philosophy, Mr. Johnson is committed to building environments that allow all people, especially young people of color, and their families, to thrive. A native of Chicago, Illinois, Mr. Johnson has more than 25 years of organizing, program and organizational development, advocacy, strategic grantmaking and philanthropic advising experience having worked in the nonprofit and philanthropic sectors locally, nationally, and internationally.

He has directed and/or supported the awarding of more than $250 million in grants, scholarships, and small business loans. Most recently, he co-designed and led the grantmaking processes of the $8.5 million Momentum Fund of the United Philanthropy Forum, and the $24 million Greater Atlanta COVID-19 Response and Recovery Fund – a collaboration between Community Foundation for Greater Atlanta and United Way of Greater Atlanta. Together, these initiatives support the operations and COVID-19 response efforts of more than 400 nonprofits, community foundations, women’s foundations and United Ways throughout the United States, on Native American Reservations and in U.S Territories.

In 2015, Bomani founded Emergent Pathways, a management consulting firm that builds and implements strategies for racial equity, gender equity and social justice with organizations working to increase positive life outcomes for children, youth and families of color. Before Emergent Pathways, Bomani served as Senior Director of Programs & Partnerships for the DC Trust, and in several capacities at The Greater Washington Community Foundation (formerly The Community Foundation for the National Capital Region). Bomani is a member of the Board of Directors of the RYSE Center in Richmond, California, a trainer of ABFE’s Responsive Philanthropy in Black Communities Framework, and supports numerous organizations and networks to design and implement learning and collective action experiences to build more equitable and just communities. As a husband and father of two, he loves spending time with his family and is an avid tennis player.