Education: BS, Marist College, '13; MPA, Marist College '17
- Former Member, Montville Twp. Board of Education (2015-2018)
- President, the Kiwanis Club of Montville, NJ
- Member, Montville Twp. Drug Awareness Council
- Vice President, Montville Twp. Republican Club
- Former Senate Speaker, Marist College S.G.A. (2010-2012)
- Former Director of Community Outreach, Marist College S.G.A (2012-2013)
- Recipient of the Jonah & Joan Sherman Scholarship for Community Service, the Gerard A. Cox Award for Service to Student Government, the Frances Reese Award for Community Service, and the Hermitage Award, at Marist College.
"History will be kind to me, for I intend to write it."
Michael D. JOhnson
is a graduate of Marist College and former elected member of the Montville Township Board of Education. During his time as an undergraduate, Michael was involved with a number of leadership programs and organizations, including Toastmasters International, the American Student Government Association (A.S.G.A.), the National Society of Leadership & Success (N.S.L.S.), the Marist College Emerging Leaders Program (E.L.P.) and the campus' chapter of the National Residence Hall Honorary (N.R.H.H.). The crowned jewel of his collegiate career, however, was his time spent in the service of the Marist College Student Government Association (S.G.A.), in which he presided as Senate Speaker for two administrations (from 2010 to 2012). Michael's perspective at MSL focuses on life lessons in leadership and self-discovery, coming from a shy kid who went from being the quiet voice at the back of the classroom to an influential voice in local politics. In the fall of 2017, he shared his story in his debut book, "From the Classroom to the Boardroom: Memoirs of a Student Leader".
It's time to d-d-d-d-duel!
I will always be grateful for the opportunities that my Kiwanis involvement has afforded me, both directly and indirectly. It is a constant reminder of the unexpected twists that await us on this journey and the tremendous outcomes they can bring.
Most people spend a lifetime trying to think of what kind of mark they'll leave behind on the pages of history... I've undertaken a bit of a head start.
There are moments that guide us beyond the confines of our comfort zone to grasp those underlying elements that bridge the gap between individual experiences to connect us all. In public presentation, it is not a bond forged through our words but our presence. In this piece, MSL Co-Founder Michael D. Johnson reflects on such an experience.
In the fall of 2012, MSL Co-Founder Michael D. Johnson served as one of three student coordinators in a series of relief trips to Breezy point, NY in the wake of Superstorm Sandy. In this post, he recounts the discussions leading up to the trip to share important lessons in collaboration, coordination, and the fostering of a broader impact.
A reflection on recent events and the reason behind what we do.
This week, MJ explores the deeper meaning of MSL.
You don't have to operate on the same wavelength to share a common vision.In fact, a little discord is beneficial.
Call it an impulse, a bad habit, a knee-jerk reaction; I’m guilty of this little thing that’s not at all uncommon among people my age.
When opportunity appears to be slipping by us in a steady stream, we can either go with the flow and drift away in contentment—falling into sync with one cause or another—or rise up and ebb the tide in a direction that we chart not only for ourselves, but others around us. Here at MSL, we are particularly interested in doing the latter.
You are not alone.