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Michael Johnson Resigns from United Way of Greater Cincinnati, Will Return to Madison


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The former CEO of the Dane County Boys & Girls Club, Michael Johnson, is moving back to Madison, according to a post on his Facebook page.

United Way and Johnson jointly announced that he will be stepping down as CEO of the United Way of Greater Cincinnati after an issue was resolved.

“Thank you Cincinnati for making me uncomfortable,” Johnson said in the Facebook post. “This is what leadership is all about and I believe my time here will help address some of the underlying challenges the region faces.”

Johnson took the job in July and is the first African-American to serve as CEO, officials said. He took a leave of absence from his current position Tuesday.

A news release from Johnson’s attorneys said he is leaving United Way on friendly terms.

Johnson will be moving back to Madison after spending another month in Cincinnati. According to the post, he will share his future plans soon.

In a statement, Johnson’s attorneys said they hoped community leaders could make amends with Cincinnati’s African American community.

“Yesterday, African American leaders in Cincinnati reached out to United Way to begin a dialogue about important issues facing Cincinnati. Michael Johnson supports these efforts to engage key stakeholders in this conversation,” said Attorney Jennifer Branch in a statement.

“It is my hope that business and community leaders will continue to dialogue, so Cincinnati can attract and retain talented African American leaders,” said Attorney Janaya Trotter Bratton, who is also Chair of the Cincinnati Bar Association’s Diversity and Inclusion Committee.