Barry E. Johnson
With roots in the Midwest, Barry came to South Florida in 1984, courtesy of a transfer by then-employer, AT&T to build a local brand presence for AT&T in Florida. As vice president of corporate affairs, he directed AT&T’s community engagement across the state from the company’s office in South Miami Dade and became heavily involved in community organizations in the areas of education, the arts, regionalism, sustainability, sports and economic development, serving with the Mayor of Miami-Dade County as the private sector co-chair for the initial One Community, One Goal program. Following his AT&T career, Barry served more than a decade as president and chief executive officer of the Greater Miami Chamber of Commerce, South Florida’s first and largest business organization. Today, he is president of the South Florida Progress Foundation. In addition to the Deering Estate Foundation, he is a member of the board of HistoryMiami, the Greater Miami Chamber Board of Governors and a member of the City of Miami Mayor’s International Council. He and his wife, Catherine, have two grown children and three grandchildren.