Executive Staff

Meet the people behind the impact

Michael Johnson, MBA – President & Chief Executive Officer

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Michael Johnson is an executive non-profit leader who has dedicated the last fourteen years of his career to serving as the President & CEO of Boys & Girls Clubs of Dane County. During this time, he significantly contributed to the organization by transforming it from a local children’s charity into a powerful change agentfor children and families.One of Michael’s most significant achievements was driving high standards of excellence in financial transparency, community engagement, and governance. He developed several strategic plans that resulted in more than 22,000 donors contributing more than $50 million to the organization. He also increased the club’s net assets from $4 million to $26 million, quadrupled the number of children and families being served, quadrupled the number of employees, expanded its operations in cities like Fitchburg, Madison, Verona, Sun Prairie, and acquired the Boys & Girls Clubs of Walworth County.Michael’s leadership also led to the creation of the largest public/private partnership in the Madison School District and invested more than $21.6 million in direct resources to local high schools. As a result, more than 4,900 young people graduated from high school at an average rate of 97%. Furthermore, he hired more than a dozen career and college specialists who work with colleges and universities across the country.In addition to these accomplishments, Michael recently led a capital campaign to raise $35 million for a regional workforce center, which is currently the largest standalone, endowed campaign for such a center in the history of Boys & Girls Clubs of America. Through his leadership, Michael has become a well-known figure in the community, with his views, advocacy, and work being viewed more than 3 million times on local television and regional and national outlets, including the New York Times, Wisconsin State Journal, CNN, NBC, ABC, and CBS.Michael’s dedication and hard work have not gone unnoticed. He received the Boys & Girls Clubs of America Heart & Soul Award, the highest honor among Club executives. He was named “Man of the Year” by Madison 365, appointed by the Governor of Wisconsin to the Vel Phillip’s Taskforce, named the 2022 InBusiness Magazine -Executive of the Year, awarded the 2022 MLK Humanitarian Award, named the 2022 Top Executive Fundraiser from the Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP), and named Hometown Hero by the Wisconsin State Legislature.Michael’s credentials include a BA in Business Education from Chicago State University and an MBA from the University of Phoenix. He also holds a certification in fundraising management from the Center of Philanthropy at Indiana University, a certification in human resource management from Cornell University, an Advanced Leadership Certificate from the University of Michigan, Ross School of Business, and a certificate in non-profit strategic management from Harvard Business School. Michael and his wife, Toya, were born and raised in Chicago and have three children ages 19, 13, and 9.

Wendi Speed, CPA, MBA – Senior Vice President & Chief Financial Officer

Wendi Speed has a diverse background in accounting, budgeting, and fiscal management, with over 20 years of experience in various divisions in the UW System’s Madison and Milwaukee campuses. Wendi has also served as Controller for Wisconsin State Fair Park.
Wendi has served on multiple leadership teams in her last four positions, and has managed budgets exceeding $40MM annually. Each position entailed assessing performance against budget, collaborating with managers and directors on key strategic decision making, and researching and working with GAAP principles, State and UW System administrative policies as well as campus policies regarding financial reporting, procurement, and human resource issues. She has managed general purpose budgets, program revenue budgets, Federal and non-Federal grants, as well as large gift accounts and fund accounting.
Wendi’s undergraduate degree is from Edgewood College which includes a double major in Accounting and Business Administration. Wendi has an MBA from the University of Wisconsin MBA Consortium, as well as a CPA license.

Laura Ford-Harris – Chief Development Officer

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Laura has more than 25 years of nonprofit experience with expertise in community and corporate relationship management and fundraising. She holds a B.S. in Interdisciplinary Studies focused on Business, Communications, and Africana Studies from the University of Cincinnati. For nearly two years, Laura helped United Way of Greater Cincinnati reach their $50.5M goal by managing the Business Services Portfolio of legal, design, and construction firms as a Relationship Manager. In addition to achieving revenue goals, she was also highly successful in utilizing engagement strategies to connect corporations and their employees with United Way agencies and organizations to develop partnerships.

Prior to that, Laura enjoyed a 23-year career at Girl Scouts of Western Ohio, one of the top ten Girl Scout councils in the country. She helped successfully guide teams to serve girls in urban, rural, and suburban communities and implemented volunteer program management to provide effective service delivery models in the early years of her career.

Alan Branch, Sr. – Vice President of Workforce Development

Alan is a result-driven development professional with a 25 + year track record working in partnership with business and non profits to advance mutual business and philanthropic interests. Alan has a long history of developing constituent relationships and has years of experience connecting individual and community stakeholders to transformational causes, which he’s deeply passionate about.
For the past seven years, he has been a leader in the Greater Cincinnati community working to build strong business and personal relationships rooted in philanthropy, helping thousands of individuals connect deeply to causes in the areas of quality education, workforce, income stability, and health to advance the common good for all in the Greater Cincinnati region.
As a senior fundraising executive for United Way of Greater Cincinnati he is responsible for their partnerships with the building trades/ manufacturing and his experience includes strategic planning, consensus building, strategy execution, achieving revenue goals, and exceeding expectations in partnership with large corporate partners like General Electric, The Duke Energy Corporation, Cincinnati Bengals, Cincinnati Children’s Hospital, and more.

Taylor Jackson- VP of Education

Taylor Jackson has been with the Boys & Girls Clubs of Dane County since 2016 when she began as a College Success Coach with the TOPS College Success Program, and the first coach dedicated to our Madison College partnership. In 2018, she was promoted to Manager of Mentoring & Career Development and in 2020, to Director of Career & Leadership Development, leading our paid career programs for youth and young adults. During her time with the clubs, Taylor has supported the creation of a TOPS Scholar emergency fund, expanded our paid career opportunities for youth by 200%, developed a number of new career partnerships and programs, and worked to raise the minimum wage for our member opportunities to $15/hour. 

Taylor holds a BA in International Studies and African Languages & Literature from UW Madison where she served as a leader for Colleges Against Cancer, working to raise hundreds of thousands of dollars for the American Cancer Society annually. Taylor has served as a member of the Youth Employment Network and YEN Steering Committee, the Young Nonprofit Professionals Network, and various task forces and committees focused on supporting opportunities for youth in Madison, and is a graduate of Leadership Greater Madison. 


Tiffany Loomis – VP of Operations

Tiffany Loomis has been working with the Boys & Girls Clubs of Dane County since 2012. She started with a part-time position in the Recreation Department. Tiffany was promoted to Club Director for our Allied Family Center in 2013 and held that position until December 2018. Tiffany served as the longest standing Club Director in Boys & Girls Clubs of Dane County history.

As Vice President of Operations, Tiffany is dedicated to creating long term partnerships and relationships with members, families, and other local organizations. Her main focus is staff development, program development, training, facilities and safety.

Tiffany holds a B.S. in Sports & Recreation Management from Ashford University. She was the founder of Madison Blaze Women’s Football. Tiffany is also a Military Veteran of the United States Army Reserves where she served as an Ammunition Specialist in one tour in Kuwait.