In September 2017, Geri Yang-Johnson was elected to serve on The California Wellness Foundation’s Board of Directors. As Wells Fargo’s vice president and community relations senior consultant, she is charged with implementing Wells Fargo’s community and economic development programs in Central California. Yang-Johnson maintains the company’s social impact and sustainability initiatives that support underserved populations and represents the company in all aspects of community relations.
For more than 15 years, she has dedicated herself to improving California communities through advocacy, philanthropy, and development. Prior to joining Wells Fargo, she served as a program officer for Central Valley Community Foundation where she focused on empowering underserved communities and strengthening the capacity of nonprofits.
Yang-Johnson, a 2017 Bankers Without Borders Global Fellow and a 2014 Funders Network PLACES Fellow, currently also serves on the board of the Reinvent Stockton Foundation and the James B. McClatchy Foundation. She also serves as an Executive Committee Member for Fresno DRIVE, a $4 billion regional inclusive economy investment plan. She previously served on the boards of The Women’s Foundation of California, Access Plus Capital, and on the Statewide Steering Committee for Smart Growth California.
In 2019, Yang-Johnson was recognized with the Leadership Education for Asian Pacifics (LEAP) Margaret Ashida Leadership Award for demonstrating leadership in her work. In 2015, the City of Fresno honored her with the Women Leading the Way Award. A year later, she was honored with the Trailblazer Award and was recognized as a Fresno 40 under 40. In 2018, Yang-Johnson founded and launched the Mala Scholarship Fund with Central California Asian Pacific Women to support first-generation API students in their pursuit of higher education.
One of 13 children from a farming family in the Central Valley, Yang-Johnson has a profound interest in rural and agriculturally based economies in California and worldwide. She has traveled to India to work with Navdanya, a network of seed keepers and organic producers. She earned her bachelor of arts degree in women’s studies from California State University, Fresno. She lives with her husband and daughter in Fresno, CA.