Community Champion: Carol Johnson-Burger

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Carol Johnson-Burger was named Community Champion for Mississippi Public Broadcasting’s Dropout Prevention Initiative for her many accomplishments in serving at-risk students across the state.  Her efforts in creating positive change in our educational system is simply amazing.  Mrs. Burger attended college at the age of fifteen.  She began teaching at nineteen and has been providing academic excellence services to students for many years.  Carol credits her personal drive to the parental support she was afforded as a child.  Her major goal is to make a difference in the lives of our youth.   

Currently, Mrs. Burger is the president and CEO of United Way of the Capital Area.  She has been with United Way since 1984.  Under her leadership, United Way implemented a Community Impact model for measurable accountability in programs addressing education, income and health. Prior to joining United Way, Carol was a teacher, human service administrator and a business owner.

In 2001, Carol was selected to participate in the International Fellows Program for United Way International.  She was assigned to support United Way/Community Chest affiliates in South Africa.  She conducted workshops for staff and volunteers relating to governance, capacity building and fund-raising.

Her involvement with United Way Worldwide includes: Past Chairman of the Southeast Regional Conference, the Minority Roundtable, and the CPO Minority Alliance.  She also served on the committee that developed the Standard of Excellence for United Way Worldwide. Carol is a member of The Key Cities’ and Executive Committee of the National Professional Council, a group of United Ways that serve as advisors to the USA-UW President. 

Carol presently serves on the following local boards: Mission Mississippi, Greater Jackson Arts Council, JOBS for Mississippi Graduates, Entergy’s Advisory Board, the Better Business Bureau, St. Dominic Health Services Advisory Board, and Springboard to Opportunities.  She has served on numerous boards including the Metro Jackson Chamber of Commerce; the Jackson Zoological Park; Leadership Jackson; ArtsAlliance of Hinds County; and Millsap’s College Center for Ministry. Carol co-chaired with former Governor William Winter a strategic plan for the City of Jackson under the Harvey Johnson administration and served as Vice Chair of the Secretary of State’s Nonprofit and Charities Laws study group. Carol is also a founding member and past president of the Mississippi Chapter of the International Women’s forum. 

Carol received the National Association of Community Leadership award: Jackson 2000 Friendship Award; Mississippi Business Journal 50 Leading Business Women; National Association of Social Workers Public Citizen of the Year, Mississippi Chapter; The Clarion-Ledger Women Who Inspire Award; 50 most influential Black Mississippians’ by Black Mississippi.Com. and Central Mississippi Chapter of National Coalition of Black Women, Inc. Legacy Builder Award and Girl Scouts Women of Distinction.

If asked what she is passionate about, her response would be creating an educational environment where every child can be successful.

Carol has one son, Marcus and two grandchildren, Nicholas and Logan. Her most cherished memories are those spent with her grands, Nicholas and Logan. She is a Tougaloo College graduate and a member of Anderson United Methodist Church.

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