“I am and always will be a catalyst for change.” —Shirley Chisholm
CEO of EvenScore
Johnnie Turnage is the Founder and Chief Executive Officer for EvenScore. With nearly 15 years of experience, Johnnie is an award-winning grassroots activist, campaign manager and tech entrepreneur.
Born in Detroit and raised in the metropolitan area, Johnnie began his career in social justice and grassroots organizing early on working for the Get Out the Vote campaign where he led local youth in neighborhood canvasses and voter registration efforts. He later joined MOSES (Metropolitan Organizing Strategy Enabling Strength) as a GOTV intern leading their entire campaign and contacting more than 25,000 Michigan voters. During his tenure, Johnnie led organizing efforts for Detroit’s East Side Districts 2 and 3, and was also responsible for leading civic engagements, organizing clergy coalitions to strengthen ties with African-American leadership, and staff development. In 2014, he founded their youth organizing project, Crossing Boundaries, Building Bridges with other young leaders from the metropolitan area.
After winning the Mario Savio Youth Activist Award in 2015, Johnnie accepted a position with the United Food and Commercial Workers Union (UFCW Local 876). At UFCW, he worked his way from Organizer to Organizing Director, Political Director, and ultimately Contract Director where Johnnie managed multiple departments, and assisted with staff training and development. As a labor organizer, Johnnie led more than 12 campaigns, playing a major role in raising the minimum wage, and the unionization of the first two marijuana dispensaries in Michigan.
During his time at UFCW, Johnnie brought his passion for community organizing to the world of technology, developing the concept for EvenScore - a new impact-focused technology platform that will provide a safe and trusted space for small-dollar donors to support the causes and candidates most important to them and the communities they call home.