Jan 1991 - Jan 1997
Jan 1980 - Jan 1983
Holy Names University
Darlene Ayers-Johnson of the San Francisco Bay Area has long served in distinguished positions at the federal, state, and municipal levels of government. Some of Ms. Ayers-Johnson’s major career achievements include her appointment by former President George W. Bush to the role of Senior Advisor to the Pacific Rim Regional Administrator of the U.S. General Services Administration and her appointment by former Oakland Mayor Jerry Brown to the Oakland Board of Port Commissioners. Presently, she serves as a consultant and community development expert for the northern California division of advertising firm Clear Channel Airports. A native of Oakland, California, Darlene Ayers-Johnson established her career in the Bay Area and developed a reputation for breaking down business-world barriers limiting the upward mobility of women and people of color. After working in management positions at several Bay Area corporations, she left the private sector in the early 1990s to head five departments of state government for former California Governor Pete Wilson. With one of these departments, Ms. Ayers-Johnson spearheaded school rebuilding operations in Los Angeles following the Northridge earthquake. Ms. Ayers-Johnson also found time to return to college to earn an Associate’s degree in Business Administration and a Bachelor’s degree in Human Relations from Golden Gate University. Upon leaving state government services in 2000, she founded a consultancy, Ayers-Johnson & Associates. From 2000 to 2008, Darlene Ayers-Johnson served as a Commissioner with the Oakland Board of Port Commissioners. During that time, she held several elected positions as an officer on the Board, including President, and she headed an art program aimed at beautifying the entire Port of Oakland. Ms. Ayers-Johnson also sat on the California Commission on the Status of Women from 2006 to 2010; she was appointed to the Commission by former California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger and approved by the state senate. In her present role, Ms. Ayers-Johnson advises Clear Channel Airports on indoor advertising at Bay Area airports as a consultant.
Darlene Ayers-Johnson has a long history of community involvement and charitable activity in and around Oakland, California, where she works and lives. One of Darlene Ayers-Johnson’s fundraising endeavors supported Friends of Faith, Inc.A nonprofit based in Oakland, California, Friends of Faith is an organization of friends and colleagues of Faith Fancher, the founder of the nonprofit, who passed away in 2003 from breast cancer. Fancher founded the organization to raise money and awareness about breast cancer with a specific goal of developing programs to help low-income women with breast cancer. Faith Fancher was always a trailblazer. She set new precedents and opened new doors for women of color as the first African-American female reporter at a news channel in Knoxville, Tennessee. She continued to excel as a journalist at different stations around the country, ultimately arriving in the San Francisco Bay Area in the early 1980s. She used her position as a journalist to raise awareness about breast cancer after she received her diagnosis in 1997. Although she has passed on, Friends of Faith continues to fight on her behalf.