Staff

Executive Director Dr. Ernest Johnson Sr.

Ernest L. Johnson has over 41 years professional, leadership and management experience in a number of high‐level legal, financial, educational, and civic and public policy positions. Dr. Johnson has been a member of the Southern University Law Center faculty since graduating in 1976. He is a Member to the NAACP National Board of Directors and was Chairman of the Memberships and Units Committee 2009-2017. In 2001, he was appointed by the President of the United States and confirmed by the U.S. Senate to serve as a public delegate to the United Nations General Assembly.

A 1973 honors graduate of Grambling State University with a major in political science and a minor in economics, Dr. Johnson earned his law degree from Southern University Law Center, where he also received recognition for numerous academic and civic achievements, including election to the office of president of Southern’s Student Bar Association. In 2007, he was inducted into the Southern University Law Center Alumni Hall of Fame. As an added extra, in 2006, he received his first patent as inventor of an automatic hair washing device “the RediWash” from the United States Patent Office in Washington, D. C.

After a distinguished academic career in which he was awarded the prestigious Earl Warren Legal Fellowship and the Baker‐Voorhis Award, among other honors, Mr. Johnson established a multifaceted legal practice specializing in general, corporate and Civil Rights litigation. Over the past 41 years, Mr. Johnson has served as lead counsel, co‐counsel or legal consultant on a number of high profile public interest and Civil Rights cases that have had a profoundly positive and lasting impact on justice for minorities, the quality of public and higher education, and the resolution of legal issues related to financial and insurance industries. Including serving as lead counsel in the Case of Clark v. Edwards, which lead to the interrogation of the Louisiana Judicial System in 1991.

Beyond his legal career, Dr. Johnson, an ordained Minister, has achieved distinction in numerous other educational and civic endeavors. He received a Doctor of Divinity in 2015. He also served for one year as vice‐chairman of the Governor’s Blue Ribbon Committee for Grambling State University, which resulted in significant operational and educational improvements. During his career as an adjunct professor, he has taught Clinical Education (law students and social studies undergraduate students), Civil Rights Litigation, Trial Advocacy, Law Office Management and Social Legislation. He is the senior pastor of Windows of Heaven Ministry.

His past civic achievements are also noteworthy. He was President of the Louisiana State Conference of the NAACP being elected in 1995 and served as a member of the NAACP’s National Resolutions Committee from Region VI for twelve years. During his tenure with the NAACP, he has consistently won many of the top awards for related achievements, including the Alexander Pierre Tureaud Award, the Thalheimer Award, Kelly M. Alexander Award in 1997 and 2008, and the Medgar Evers Award, to name a few.

Dr. Johnson has an extensive and proven working knowledge of financial and insurance institutions, budgeting and personnel management procedures. Since 1996, he has been president and CEO of Louisiana Community Development Capital Fund, Inc., (Capfund) a consulting company that provides financial and business management assistance to small emerging businesses. He also served as President and CEO of Life Savings Bank in Baton Rouge for three years. He has gain extensive experience in the television and radio station business development serving as co‐founder of WNDC AM Baton Rouge (1988), KCLF AM New Roads (1990), WTQT‐LPFM Baton Rouge, KVTZ‐LPFM Breaux Bridge, KOUS‐LPFM Monroe and KTJZ‐FM Tallulah. Television stations K31Shreveport, K45 Monroe, and K38 Alexandria, Louisiana (2011). Dr. Johnson filed all documentation required to obtain FCC approval for these stations, developed operating procedures for each and served as operations compliance officers.

Director of Development and CE Sterling Henry Jr.

For the past year Sterling has been working for the LA NAACP as Director of Development and CE. During the 2016 election cycle Sterling was a Deputy Director of the National NAACP Civic Engagement Program.

This is his 3nd tour with the NAACP! 1984-87 Sterling worked in the Washington Bureau of the NAACP during Dr. Ben Hook’s tenure. While with the NAACP he lobbied Budget and Appropriations, Welfare Reform, the NAACP opposition to Jeff Session and Judge Bork to the US Supreme Ct., and the South African Sanctions bill.

Between February 2001 and 2010 Sterling was the Vice President for Government Relations for the consultant firm J. Watson & Company. There he lobbies and provided government relations consultation on behalf of firms non-profit and international clients.

Sterling has been working on Campaigns since he was in High School where he organized 40 students into a field team. Since College, he has also held various management positions in 15 campaigns and he has been the Campaign Manager of 6 campaigns. 2 State wide, 4 City based Campaigns.

Sterling has been Field Director for 4 campaigns, GOTV Director for 3 campaigns, Director of Advance for 2 campaigns. He was also the DC Democratic State Committee’s Executive Director for 2 years, Director of the Clinton/Gore Campaign of 1992.

From 1993-2001 Sterling served in the Clinton Administration as Deputy Director of the Office of the White House Initiative on Historically Black Colleges (HBCUs), where his main responsibility was administering Executive Order 12867 on HBCUs, liaison with the 105 HBCU Presidents and the US Congress on behalf of the Office of the White House Initiative. As the principal advisor on Congressional Relations, he coordinated Clinton Administration Congressional activities on the creation and authorization of a million dollar revolving loan pool for capital improvements for Historically Black Colleges and Universities and the Re-authorization of the Historically Black Colleges and Universities Act.

Sterling has also served as a Legislative Assistant with the United Negro College Fund (UNCF). Additionally, he has served as Director of Federal Relations for the National Association for the Equal Opportunity in Higher Education (NAFEO) and the National Political/Legislative Affairs Director at the National Association of Black Universities and College Students where his responsibilities included lobbying the United States Congress on issues relative to those respective.

Sterling is a Proud Graduate of Howard University.