P.O. Box 1415 Asbury Park NJ 07712 US   |  +1.732.776.9890  |  Edjohnsonap@live.com

Ed Johnson is a dynamic and dedicated individual, widely recognized as a prominent figure in the realms of local governance, community development, and international engagement. He has played a pivotal role in shaping the landscape of Asbury Park and working with local to global community stakeholders and officials to promote civic engagement and implement community building initiatives. ​


Mr. Johnson's commitment to community and public service is deeply ingrained. Over the course of 15 years 1998 - 2013, he served as Mayor, Councilman and Chairman of the Urban Enterprise Zone, leaving an indelible mark on Asbury Park, the community he proudly calls home. In May 2024, Mr. Johnson was awarded the Partnership in Education and Government Award in recognition of his work building bridges of access and opportunity for the residents of Monmouth County.


In recognition of his exemplary service, Ed Johnson holds the distinguished title of Mayor Emeritus, a testament to his enduring impact on the city. His influence extends far beyond local borders, as he serves as an Honorary Member & Ambassador to the Global Parliament of Mayors. In this role, he actively contributes to global conversations, sharing insights and best practices gleaned from his extensive experience spanning over 40 years of public service.


Mr. Johnson is a firm believer in the power of collaboration, as evidenced by his memberships in key organizations such as the New Jersey Conference of Mayors and the New Jersey League of Municipalities. These affiliations provide him with a platform to engage with fellow leaders, exchange ideas, and work towards common goals for the betterment of the state and its residents.


Recognizing the importance of a thriving business community, Ed Johnson took on the role of President and First Vice President of the Greater Long Branch Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors from 2020 to 2023. During his tenure, he played a pivotal role in organizational building, promoting local businesses, and helping to foster a vibrant business environment.


Currently, serving as the Executive Director of Governmental Affairs and Community Relations at Brookdale Community College. He has established a career dedicated to fostering community connections and promoting civic engagement, becoming a key figure in the realms of community college education and community affairs.  From 2020 to 2021, Mr. Johnson held the position of Senior Executive Officer of Community Engagement, where he demonstrated strategic leadership significantly contributing to enhancing the institution's outreach and impact.


Mr. Johnson brings his wealth of knowledge and expertise to the academic realm as an Adjunct Faculty member in Political Science. His passion for teaching extends to both Rutgers University and Brookdale Community College, where he imparts valuable insights to aspiring students. As a dedicated educator, he plays a pivotal role in shaping the next generation of leaders in the field of Political Science.


Mr. Johnson is a proud graduate of New Jersey Public Schools and Eastern New Mexico University where he earned a Bachelor of Science Degree in Liberal Arts and a Master of Arts Degree in Social and Political Sciences. Mr. Johnson’s alma mater inducted him into the ENMU Alumni Hall of Fame as an Outstanding Alumni for his professional achievements in public and community service. 

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