E. Tyree Johnson

E. Tyree Johnson

Candidate's Office: International Director

Region Number: 1

Toastmasters member since: 2001

Education: B.S. Johnson C. Smith University, MBA Indiana University

Employer and/or position: Mayor’s Youth Employment and Education Program (MYEEP) of San Francisco Coordinator ℅ Japanese Community Youth Council (JCYC)

Served as District Director of District number: 57

Term of service: 2007-2008

In term as District Director, District achieved: Not Distinguished

Website: Under Construction

Toastmasters offices held and terms of service (international and regional level):


Toastmasters honors and recognition (international level):

  • 2017-2018 Presidential Citation

Relevant work experience and how it relates to Toastmasters and your role as a Board Member:

  • Developed training modules and best practice healthcare models for physician groups
  • Organized and delivered budgets for maritime labor relations agency
  • Prepared, scheduled, and facilitated training modules for maritime labor relations agency
  • Contributor to youth employment training curriculum including job readiness and interview skills
  • Onboard coaching of new employees joining youth employment training team
  • Keynote speaker to all staff and management on racial equity and social justice issues.
  • Team contributor and panelist on discussion series of financial fraud schemes perpetrated on youth

What experience do you have in strategic planning?

  • Currently serving as Bay District Lay Leader of CA/NEV Conference of the United Methodist Church
  • Currently serving on Bay District Union which oversees the land, property, and fiscal trust of assets under the control of CA/NEV Conference of the United Methodist Church
  • Served on Structural Change Task Force to create the Vision, Strategy, Execution, and Metrics for the CA/NEV Conference of the United Methodist Church
  • Member-at-large of Economic Opportunities Subcommittee of The Human Rights Commission Community Roundtable of San Francisco

What experience do you have in the area of finance?

  • Currently serving on the Finance Committee of Temple United Methodist Church of San Francisco
  • Served on the SF Aloha Run for Black Lives Fundraising Committee
  • Served as Vice-President of the McAlister-Huckaby Dance group that achieved their fundraising campaign goal for three consecutive years.
  • Finance Director of Pacific Maritime Assn. Training dept. Managed 40 Million budget according to labor contracts and safety training requirements.
  • Project leader of Cost Management Information System (CMIS) with The Permanente Medical Group

What experience do you have in developing policies?

  • As members of The Bay District Union, we are charged with developing, implementing, and reviewing the governance policies of land and property and other associated assets of United Methodist churches in the Bay Area. The assessment of policies is discerned to be critical whenever a congregation can no longer maintain the property to habitable standards.

What lessons did you learn from previous leadership positions?

  • Speak with words that are gentle and soft because someday you may have to eat them.
  • There are many angles one can form if you can assess the situation from a 360-degree view.
  • There is no permanent stain of failure if you dare to try again.
  • Actions speak louder than words if you’re going in the right direction.
  • Encourage others to join your journey so you can share the wisdom and its rewards.

What experience and key strengths would you bring to the Board of Directors?

  • I am an attentive listener who assesses problem-solving from different angles. Adaptive leadership with a sense of humor has been a trademark of the achievements I’ve accomplished. My growing awareness of social capital with emotional intelligence means we can support each other as unique individuals, groups, and cultures.

Why do you want to serve as an International Officer/Director?

  • Toastmasters is a dynamic force in the lives of so many leaders that I know and respect. I’ve watched them embody servant leadership that I’ve benefited from while working with them.  I have a resolute vision for the future of Toastmasters that I believe can further its relevance during these ever-changing times.
  • The  Toastmasters’ Board of Directors has a tremendous responsibility and opportunity to create an aura of achievement for all of its members. Now is the time for me to combine the observations I’ve heard from members across all walks of life with my own curious yet passionate insights to the policy-making level.
  • I look forward to collaborating with the Board of Directors as we develop strategies that help the Toastmasters organization expand our brand as our members reach their goals.

What volunteer experience do you have outside of Toastmasters?

  • Volunteer with the Friendly Visitors program of San Jose, CA.
  • Big Brother Inc. of San Jose, CA
  • 8+ gallon blood donor with the American Red Cross of Northern California
  • Volunteer distribution with SF/Marin Food Pantry at Temple UMC
  • Mobile volunteer food delivery with Y Urban Services of San Francisco based at James Denman Middle School.

Have you worked with other Boards of Directors outside of Toastmasters? If so, describe your experience.

  • My first experience working on a board of directors was an eye-opener for me. As a board, collectively, we had the daunting yet invigorating responsibility of setting the course for the mission of the organization. I realized that the tone of what was being said can be significant on the operations along with the morale of the organization. It allowed me to see that creativity has its reward.
  • A most recent experience I had on a different board showed me the importance of adherence to the plain yet clear protocols of orderly discussion of goals and ideas that can guide board members past tone-deaf commentary and arduous conflict management.

In your opinion, what are Toastmasters International’s major objectives and how would you work to achieve them?

  • The stated mission of Toastmasters international is to empower individuals to become more effective communicators and leaders. There are three areas of concern thus opportunity for TI explore strategies of growth.
  • The club experience for its members is essential. Pathways is the chosen forum that TI has invested resources to guide members to accomplish that goal. I would collaborate with the Board and Executive team to enhance continuous improvement policies required to accomplish said mission.
  • Membership growth and retention are two sides of the same coin that  the Board can pursue  in order to strengthen our impact across various cultures Framing our current  resources in creative ways can help us Advance our effectiveness and relevance as communication leaders.
  • The pandemic has forever changed the implementation of  communication and leadership globally. The board can lead  the way in exploring strategic relations in technology and cultural environments, I believe we can certainly leverage our current stature into new opportunities for growth on both a policy and operational level.

Additional information about candidate:

  • District 57 Toastmaster of the Year, July 2015
  • Toastmasters Presidential Citation in Vancouver B.C., August 2017
  • Winner of Inaugural Virtual Speech Evaluation contest of District 57 via Zoom, May 2020
  • Based on the above-mentioned experience I created a workshop titled “ENGINEERING WINNING EVALUATIONS TO THE NEXT LEVEL” that has been presented throughout the Bay Area and Canada.
  • Awarded Best Boss of Year During a Pandemic by the youth leaders of MYEEP - San Francisco, August 2020,
  • As a resident of San Francisco I am a 20 year Toastmaster with active memberships in Laugh Lovers of Concord, CA and Toastmasters Leadership Club of Oakland.
    • District 57 Governor (2007-08)
    • Chartered 15* clubs, sponsored 119 members, and coached and mentored 2 clubs.
    • 2xDTM  (Distinguished Toastmaster), a Closing in on his first Pathways DTM.
    • *Currently in the process of chartering the first humor-based Toastmaster club (Joker’s Lounge) in San Francisco, District 4.