Rafer Johnson is an advocate for equality in life and business. His portfolio of leadership and service reflect this lifelong gift to empower and transform systemically and in the moment.
His zeal for authenticity has been an incubator for excellence in the bottom-line results of both corporate and non-profit companies including Delta Air Lines, Hotel Connections, Oxford Health Plans and the American Foundation for the Blind. He is a 2009 Leadership Atlanta alumnus, former Chair of the Board & Commissioner for the Housing Authority of Fulton County, a member of the Atlanta Beltline TADAC and now Chair of the Coalition for South Fulton Now, leading the effort to create the new City of South Fulton, GA.
Rafer is a nationally recognized graduate of the Victory Fund, advocating for supportive and LGBT political candidates. He continues to be a vigorous trailblazer of inclusion, lending his time, talent, and wisdom through his service on several boards. He leaves a signature difference where he has served including: Atlanta Pride, Black Gay Men’s Network, where he was the National Co-Chair and Delta’s Black Employee Network, where he served as President.
He is currently serving as one of the leaders of For Couples Only (FCO) supporting LGBTQ couples around the globe, and is co-founder of 3Ss (Single & Seriously Seeking) focused on encouraging and supporting the financial, mental & physical health of single gay men and women seeking healthy relationships. He and his husband have a consulting practice which includes political and personal client coaching. Among their products are group workshops Finding MY Perfect Mate and Finding MY Perfect R.O.L.E.,designed to help individuals work through their wants, needs and non-negotiable attributes to be prepared for the best partner or work role. Together they manage a blog; www.RaferKelly.com, with a focus on Equality, Empowerment & Education. They also wrote an ebook.The Guide to Same-Sex Marriage & Relationships and contributed to and were featured in the Money section of the January 2015 issue of Black Enterprise magazine.
A sought after speaker and panelist, he has also been a television guest contributor on Atlanta’s PBS InContact, speaking on being Gay in Corporate America and A Positive Light, speaking on HIV/AIDS’ effect on Black America and other shows on various topics, most recently on FGTV’s TAX MATTERS with Dr. Arthur Ferdinand, Fulton County Tax Commissioner.
Rafer lives in Atlanta with his husband, Kelly Johnson.