Long Beach opportunity officer receives 2007 Heritage Award

jesse-johnson.jpgJesse B. Johnson Jr., the city of Long Beach Diversity and Economic Opportunity officer, has received two prestigious awards: the 2007 Aquarium of the Pacific Heritage Award in recognition of his dedicated service to the black communities of Southern California; and the 2007 Man of the Year Award in the Government and Community Outreach category as part of the Hollywood Walk of Fame Black History Legend’s Ball.
“Jesse does an outstanding job ensuring that diverse, local and other business enterprises are given an opportunity to compete successfully in providing goods and services to the city of Long Beach. He is a source of pride in the city of Long Beach,” said Gerald R. Miller, Long Beach city manager.
Johnson, a 27-year city employee, ensures businesses are informed about contracting opportunities, the city forms relationships with community groups and business organizations, that qualified local businesses are located to compete for city contracts, and that strategies are established on an ongoing basis to maximize small business participation.
In addition, he serves on numerous professional and civic boards and committees including Long Beach Job Corps Industry Advisory Council, Black Managers Association of the city of Long Beach, Long Beach Branch of the NAACP, Academic Uprise Advisory Board; County of Los Angeles Risk Management Committee and Los Angeles Minority Business Opportunity Committee.
Originally from New Orleans, Johnson is assistant executive director of the “Louisiana to Los Angeles” (LA LA) Organizing Committee and chairman of the scholarship program. LA LA puts on the annual LA LA Festival and other events to raise educational funds for local youth and to preserve the rich Louisiana Mardi Gras tradition and Creole culture.
“We presented ‘Man of the Year 2007’ and ‘Women of the Year 2007’ awards to outstanding individuals because of their professional accomplishments as leaders in their industry and community,” said Annice Deveaux, founder and chief executive officer of Black Diamond Enterprises and Associates.

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