Jamaica Gleaner
Published: Friday | January 18, 2013
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Ambassador Brenda LaGrange Johnson, new AFJ president
Former United States Ambassador to Jamaica, Brenda LaGrange Johnson is the new president of the American Friends of Jamaica (AFJ). - Contributed
Ambassador Brenda LaGrange Johnson has been elected to lead the American Friends of Jamaica (AFJ) organisation last November.

With more than 28 years of service and a compelling vision centred on fiscal responsibility and strategic planning, Ambassador Johnson is poised to lead the organisation through the next phase of growth.

"Ambassador Johnson is a highly respected, tireless worker and inspiring leader. We are excited about the energy, creativity and sensitivity that she brings to our work", Ambassador Cobb told The Gleaner.

Ambassador Johnson replaces Ambassador Sue M. Cobb, also a former US envoy to Jamaica.

Ambassador Johnson was appointed by former president, George W. Bush, as the United States ambassador to Jamaica from 2005 to 2009.

She is a founding partner of BrenMer Industries. She is a member of the Duke University advisory board of the Nasher Art Museum and founding member/president/chairman of the Women's Board of the Madison Square Boys and Girls Club.

In 2002, President George W. Bush appointed her to the President's Advisory Council to the Arts (PACA) for the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, DC, and in 2004 she was appointed to its board of trustees.

A member of the Woodrow Wilson Council, she also served on the board of directors of the American Cancer Society and the National Institute of Health National Cancer advisory board.

Women's Council

Since departing embassy Kingston, Ambassador Johnson joined the Laura W. Bush Women's Council, a part of the George W. Bush Institute.

The initiative advances social and economic opportunities for women and children around the world by enhancing their access to education, health care, and economic opportunities.

She is a member of the National Advisory Council at MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston, Texas.

The Center aims to eliminate cancer in Texas, the nation, and the world through outstanding programmes that integrate patient care, research and prevention, and through education for undergraduate and graduate students, trainees, professionals, employees and the public. Ambassador Johnson also serves on the board of the St Georges' Society and the Prince of Wales Rose Town Foundation in St Andrew, Jamaica.

About American Friends of Jamaica, Inc.

Founded in 1982, the American Friends of Jamaica is a charitable 501(c)(3) organisation built on the principles of service and philanthropy and is established to render assistance in the areas of education, health care and economic development.

The AFJ works with a broad coalition of Jamaican organisations and stakeholders to bring about change in the lives of Jamaicans in need.


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