Incoming Board Chair
Phil Johnson is founder and CEO of PJA Advertising + Marketing, an award-winning national agency focused on technology, healthcare, and other industries with complex marketing problems. His firm was recognized seven times as the top B2B Agency of the Year and Phil himself was named one of the nation’s top 50 marketers several years running. He has written numerous articles for Forbes, Ad Age, and other business publications. PJA Advertising + Marketing works pro bono with numerous local nonprofits and has supported Cambridge’s CASPAR, Spare Change News, and Solutions at Work. The firm developed College Bound Dorchester’s Boston Uncornered campaign, including a celebrated photo exhibition of former gang members alongside Boston leaders, the focus of which has been on how to make crucial life-changing decisions. Phil’s commitment to healthcare’s underappreciated workforce, led him to co-found Frontline Publishing, an educational publishing company that’s mission was to develop and elevate the role of frontline healthcare workers.
In May 2021, Phil was unanimously voted Chair of the Board of Directors at the Cambridge Community Foundation after a decade of service. During his tenure, he led the communications and civic leadership committee and the creation of the Imagined in Cambridge Social Innovation Award to find innovative, grassroots solutions to the city’s most intractable problems. A fierce proponent of shared prosperity, he founded The Bob Shea Memorial Fund to support the homeless after the untimely death of his friend Bob Shea who lived on the streets in Harvard Square and whose memory lives on in his blog. Phil also serves on the Board of the Boston Museum of Science, where he has co-chaired the marketing committee.
Phil lives in Cambridge with his wife and has two adult sons. He’s a photography groupie, takes refuge in 19th century novels, and is an avid urban walker. The ‘heart of Cambridge,’ Central Square and the Port are favorite destinations.