Harry E. Johnson, Sr.

Executive Vice Chairman & Strategic Advisor
As Executive Vice Chairman, Harry assists in creating business development and growth strategies for Highland Poe’s portfolio companies and provides strategic counsel and ESG advice to C-Suite executives.

Harry is a skilled lawyer, nonprofit executive, entrepreneur, and experienced advisor to CEOs and organization leaders. In addition to duties at Highland Poe, Harry is the founder, president and chief executive officer at The Memorial Foundation. The Foundation was established to promote the tenets of Democracy, Justice, Hope and Love as lived and taught by the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

For more than a decade, Harry served as president and CEO of the Washington, DC Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial Foundation. In this role, he gained recognition by global leaders such as Prince Charles, former U.S. Presidents Barack Obama and George W. Bush for raising more than $200 million to erect the first memorial on the National Mall in honor of a non-president and man of peace. In the spirit of Dr. King’s legacy, Harry has demonstrated the unique ability to bring people together from all political spectrums and socio-economic backgrounds.

Harry is also the former General President of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc., the country’s oldest Black fraternity formed in 1906, touting Dr. King, Supreme Justice Thurgood Marshall and many other Black men of distinction as members. With more than 250,000 members in the United States and internationally, Alpha Phi Alpha has been at the forefront of sweeping changes in creating greater inclusion and equity in the public and private sectors.

As a lawyer and business advisor, Harry works closely with big-city mayors and corporate leaders in the financial services, health care and retail sectors. His board appointments include the AARP Foundation, Boy Scouts of America, March of Dimes and the National Urban League. His leadership has attracted the attention of executives at Amazon Web Services, PVH Corporation, Northrup Grumman, Wells Fargo and many others who seek his advice.

Harry holds degrees from Thurgood Marshall School of Law, St. Louis University, and Xavier University of Louisiana. He is a prolific public speaker and makes regular appearances on national and international media platforms. Ebony Magazine has recognized Harry for four consecutive years on its “100 Most Influential Black Americans” list.