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2018 Keynote Speaker

Paula DeBoles-Johnson

Paula  DeBoles-Johnson, MPA, CCM is a graduate of Florida A&M University, where she earned both her bachelor’s and master’s degrees. She joined Volunteer Florida in 2006 and currently holds the position of AmeriCorps & LeaderCorps Program Manager. She is also the Founder and Executive Director of the Capital City Youth Development Corporation (CCYDC), a small nonprofit in Tallahassee founded for the purposes of ensuring the well-being of youth through mentoring and training.

Her leadership experience has led her to positions with the Department of Children & Family Services, Department of Health, Leon County Schools, and the Department of Transportation. She is an active member of several nonprofit and faith-based organizations throughout Florida as a board member, speaker and advocate, including serving as the past Chair of the Tallahassee\Leon County Commission on the Status of Women and Girls, Vice-Chair for the Timothy Training and Development Center, Leadership Tallahassee’s Class #33 and the Airport Advisory Committee.

Mayor Andrew Gillum selected Ms. Johnson to join the Tallahassee Human Relations Council. Her expertise includes program and project development, strategic planning, youth programming, grant management and organizational design.  She is a dynamic trainer and motivational speaker on both state and national levels, a contributing author, co-convener of the North Florida African-American Healthy Marriage Initiative, OJJDP National Training Consultant, creator of All About Girls, an empowerment conference for girls and a member of Celebrate New Life Tabernacle. She is the recipient of several awards for her commitment to community service including the 2017 Girl Scouts Woman of Distinction Award, Tallahassee Community College Women’s Trailblazer Award, the Phenomenal Woman Award sponsored by the WAMS organization in Pensacola, Florida and a Finalist for the America’s Service Commission (ASC)  Innovation & Leadership Award to name a few.

Touted as, “a high energy- thought provoking – agent of change…. a grower of greatness,” Paula has provided her expertise in working with youth, families and women at numerous conferences and roundtable events across the country including the National Board of Governors, Department of Health and Human Services and the Corporation for National and Community Service. She and her husband, Captain David Johnson, Ret., have two beautiful and talented adult daughters, Zenani and Zemoria who are emerging leaders in their own rights. She is passionate about community service, women and girls issues and lives by the philosophy that, “nothing that you will ever do for children is wasted!”