Meet Antoine, the BN360 Spotlight Professional for June 2020

The Buffalo Niagara Partnership is pleased to present the 2020 BN360 Spotlight Professionals.

Each year, BN360 highlights 12 up-and-coming young professionals who strive for professional growth and development, care for their community, and are passionate about the future of the Buffalo Niagara region.

Antoine Johnson

Program Manager | Buffalo Prenatal-Perinatal Network, Inc.

Antoine Johnson is a Buffalo native, growing up primarily on the eastside of Buffalo. He is a graduate of McKinley high school; spent two years at Niagara County Community College (NCCC) earning an Associate’s degree in Humanities and Social Sciences; and later on went to pursue a B.A. at the University at Buffalo (UB) in Health and Human Services, concentrating in community and mental health. He has heart for serving underserved and marginalized populations and communities, therefore, his professional roles have involved providing community-based and support services.

Mr. Johnson is a proud husband and new father as of March, 2020, and he is passionate about family, faith in God, serving young men through mentoring, and personal growth and development. His hobbies involve reading, spending time with family, and exercising. Mr. Johnson has found a sense of purpose and career track in uplifting and serving men and fathers in his community. Currently, he is a credentialed Fatherhood Practitioner and Program Manager whose work involves providing interventions and services that support primarily low to moderate income fathers and families in various communities throughout Western New York. The focus of his work is to close the gap in the disparity of services and interventions available to fathers’ (e.g. biological fathers and social fathers) in order to reduce the number of father absenteeism homes for the one in four children who grow up without a father.

First Job: 

Antione’s first work experience was at JCPenney’s.

Greatest Professional Win:

“Discovering a career path that I’m passionate about!”

Best Piece of Professional Advice:

“Develop the habit of providing more service than what you get paid for.”

Community Corner:

Antoine is an active member of the Buffalo Niagara community. He primarily spends his time giving back as a volunteer Youth Ministry Coordinator

Thoughts on living and working in Buffalo Niagara:

My biggest hope for the region is that we will continue to thrive and become more inclusive of marginalized communities and their concerns for future development.

On Being a BN360 Spotlight Professional:

I feel very honored and appreciative of being selected.

Top 5 Favorites: 

  • Favorite Mural: “The Freedom Wall” on E. Ferry Street
  • Best Buffalo Hidden Gem: Glen Falls
  • Go-to Buffalo Food: Wegmans Submarine
  • Best Buffalo Activity/Hobby: LA Fitness/Gym
  • Place you would take someone new to Buffalo: Niagara Falls