Boston, MA — Benjamin Franklin Institute of Technology (BFIT) has named Angela Johnson to the position of Chief Advancement Officer. BFIT is a private, nonprofit technical college responding to the Massachusetts skills shortage by educating Greater Boston diverse, urban youth for well-paying jobs in today’s high demand industries.
In her new role as Chief Advancement Officer, Johnson will be working to raise financial support for the college and build on BFIT’s network of supporters in the fields of education, business, politics, and philanthropy. “BFIT’s mission of preparing graduates for promising careers, life-long learning, and citizenship without incurring crippling debt is well aligned with my personal and professional values,” Johnson says. “I was thrilled to find a new position that will allow me to draw on my experience with community-based organizations and national nonprofit organizations and higher education.”
More than 90 percent of BFIT students graduate either with a career-track job earning a living wage or with plans to pursue further educational opportunities. BFIT is one of New England’s oldest colleges of technology, started with a bequest from Benjamin Franklin and a gift from Andrew Carnegie.
Johnson brings to BFIT relationships honed through more than 25 years of experience as a professional and volunteer fundraiser. “BFIT is fortunate to have someone who is so well respected in the philanthropic community join our team,” says BFIT Chief of Staff Dr. Aisha Francis. “Her experience will make her a passionate voice for our students and our community that will bring our message to an even larger audience.” Johnson worked for Harvard University, Mount Holyoke College, the Hauser Center for Nonprofit Organizations, Associated Grant Makers, and the United Way of Massachusetts Bay and Merrimack Valley. Her new position marks a return to the Boston area from her most recent job as Assistant Head of School Advancement for Girls Preparatory School in Chattanooga, Tennessee.
Johnson earned a dual Bachelor of Arts degree in English Literature and Psychology at Wellesley College. She has served on the boards of Association of Fundraising Professional (AFP), the Lenny Zakim Fund, and Sisters in Development. She was selected as a community-based Big Sister of the Year in 2007 after serving as a Boston Big Sister for nine years. She lives in Dedham, Massachusetts.
About Benjamin Franklin Institute of Technology
Founded in 1908 directly from a bequest left in Benjamin Franklin’s will, Benjamin Franklin Institute of Technology is a nonprofit, technical college with approximately 550 students in Boston’s South End. The college offers certificate, associate, and bachelor’s degree programs leading to careers in Automotive Technology, Computer Technology, Biomedical Engineering Technology, Construction Management, Electronics Engineering Technology, Health Information Technology, Mechanical Engineering Technology, Construction Management, HVAC&R, Electrical Technology, Electrical Engineering, Opticianry, and Technology Business and Management. BFIT is accredited by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges (NEASC). Visit www.bfit.edu for more information