In September 2017, Geri Yang-Johnson was elected to serve on The California Wellness Foundation’s Board of Directors. Yang-Johnson is vice president and community relations senior consultant charged with implementing Wells Fargo’s community and economic development programs in Central California and representing the company in all aspects of community outreach. She also maintains the company’s Community Reinvestment Act initiatives that support underserved populations.
For over 14 years Yang-Johnson has dedicated herself to improving Central Valley and other California communities through advocacy, philanthropy and development. Prior to joining Wells Fargo, she was a program officer for Central Valley Community Foundation, where she focused on empowering underserved communities and strengthening the capacity of nonprofits. Yang-Johnson was a Bankers Without Borders Global Fellow and a 2014 Funders Network PLACES Fellow. She has served on the board of the Women’s Foundation of California and the statewide steering committee for Smart Growth California. She currently serves on the boards of Fresno Community Development Financial Institution, and Reading and Beyond, and on the loan committee for Feed the Hunger Foundation. In 2015 the city of Fresno honored Yang-Johnson with the Women Leading the Way Award. In 2016 she received the Trailblazer Award and was recognized as a Fresno 40 under 40. One of 13 children from a farming family in the Central Valley, she has a profound interest in food and sustainable agriculture — in California and worldwide. Yang-Johnson has traveled to India to work with Navdanya, a network of seed keepers and organic producers spread across 16 states in India. She earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in Women Studies from Cal State Fresno.