NashvilleBusiness.Net 100 Leading African Americans 2018 Recipient: Tequila Johnson

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Tequila Johnson has 10 years of experience in community outreach, community organizing, business strategy, development, and project management. Tequila is the Co-Founder and Vice President of The Equity Alliance, a Nashville-based grassroots non-profit that equips citizens with tools and strategies to engage in the civic process. Through her involvement in local politics and community organizing, Tequila is a strong champion of equality and political engagement for ethnic minority communities. She also serves as Co-Founder and board member of the Power of Ten PAC where she helps to equip minority candidates with the tools and strategies needed to operate successful political campaigns. She is also the founder and CEO of TM Strategic Management Group, a local group that seeks to increase minority political involvement through strategic management practices, candidate development, data analysis, and field operations. She served as campaign manager and lead strategist for newcomer Christiane Buggs’s Metro Nashville School Board for District 5 election. She has also worked as campaign manager for Martesha Johnson for public defender, and has served as a strategist to several other political candidates.

Additionally, she has worked as a project manager and program evaluator in Tennessee State University’s Center for Service Learning and Civic Engagement and Title III offices. In that role she implemented countless initiatives and programs. From 2016-2018 she served as Program Director for the MLK Day of Service grant and HBCU community outreach initiative, a collaborative program that was the result of a $447,000 grant received from The Corporation for National and Community Service. The HBCU capacity building initiatives were implemented to undertake programs geared towards increasing HBCU community engagement and outreach. She has served as a federal grant reviewer for the United States Department of Justice. Tequila provides service and leadership to Tennessee State University through her involvement on several councils, as an advisor to undergraduate organizations, and as the chair elect of the University Staff Senate

Tequila is also an active member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc., Frontiers International and an assistant troupe leader for a local Girl Scouts Troop. Tequila is a graduate of Tennessee State University where she received her master’s degree in Counseling Psychology and is currently pursuing an Ed.D. in leadership and professional practice from Trevecca Nazarene University. She is certified in Project Management and also holds a graduate certificate in grant writing and nonprofit, public and organizational management. When asks what keeps her going, Tequila credits her mom Mrs. Marlinda Pittman Powell for passing on strength, courage, perseverance and a strong commitment to community.

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