Chief Executive Officer
John E. Armstrong Jr. is a seasoned executive with over 20 years of experience with a demonstrated history of working in the non-profit organization management industry. He brings a wealth of expertise with strengths in areas such as budgeting, event management, volunteer management, public speaking, community collaborations and fundraising.
Prior to joining the 100 Black Men of America John Armstrong worked in a wide variety of roles at local and national not-for-profit organizations. John’s last role was an Executive Director at the American Diabetes Association. He oversaw fundraising, operations, program development, board governance and strategic direction for the states of Alabama and Georgia. John spent 17 years with the YMCA, working at local associations and the national headquarters. During his tenure with the YMCA John established collaborative partnerships with housing authorities, hospitals, colleges and universities. John raised over $30M to support capital projects, programs and annual support for YMCA’s in the United States, Mexico, South Africa, China and Brazil. Additional work experience for John includes several years with SSM Healthcare System in St. Louis. John was the Executive Director for the St. Mary’s Health Center Foundation. John was responsible for starting An Evening with Cedric the Entertainer and Friends; a fundraising gala benefit to support the Rosetta Boyce Kyles Woman’s Health Pavilion. The event has included performances by Jill Scott, Patti Labelle, Smokey Robinson, George Lopez and Sheila E. Before joining SSM Healthcare, John worked as an area director for the United Negro College Fund, overseeing the states of Missouri and Kansas. John established scholarship matching programs with Southeast Missouri State University, Temple University, University of Missouri at St. Louis and the University of Missouri and Kansas City. John also established new scholarship programs with the Monsanto Fund, Ryan Howard Family Foundation, Hallmark, LMI Aerospace, CITI and the St. Louis Minority McDonald’s Owners.
John enjoys volunteering at organizations that focus on helping individuals overcome healthcare and educational disparities. John has served on the board of Hope House St. Louis and Venare Learning Academic Excellence. John is a member of Rotary and was the initial chapter president of the 100 Black Men of the Triad. Through his professional and volunteer experience over the past 20 years, John has established himself as a thought leader in the field of nonprofit leadership.
John E. Armstrong Jr. obtained his Bachelor of Arts in Education from Morehouse College. He holds an MBA with a concentration in non-profit management from Springfield College.