Wanda Johnson

Oscar Grant Foundation

CEO, Founder

Rev. Wanda Johnson is America’s voice of compassion and hope for individuals having lost loved ones due to violence. Her heart-breaking story made worldwide news on January 1, 2009, when her unarmed son, Oscar J. Grant III, was shot and killed by a local transit peace officer. Since then, her mission has been to work tirelessly to undo the negative stereotyping of at-risk youth, to comfort grieving families, and to improve policy and procedure in the criminal justice system. In 2014, Rev. Wanda began serving as President and CEO of the Oscar Grant Foundation, a 501c3 Non-Profit tax-exempt corporation. Since that time, Rev. Wanda has hosted a number of events and activities at which law enforcement officers have participated, with the goal of bridging the gap of distrust between at-risk youth and the law enforcement community. Those activities include a School Supply Drive, Scholarship Awards Ceremony and Annual Vigil. Additional Foundation Programs for at-risk youth include an after-school Homework Club, Friday Film Festival and Youth Panel Discussion, and several AAU Basketball Teams for boys and girls.