Dr. Otis Samuel Johnson is Scholar in Residence at Savannah State University after serving eight years as the 64th Mayor of the City of Savannah, Georgia. While mayor, he provided leadership for the creation of Step Up Savannah, Inc., a poverty reduction initiative, and Healthy Savannah, an initiative that promotes healthy lifestyles.
Dr. Johnson has devoted his professional career to making conditions better for low-wealth families in Savannah and the South. He was a founding member of the Aspen Institute Roundtable on Comprehensive Community Initiatives and the National Community Building Network. He was a member of the founding board of directors of the Georgia Campaign for Adolescent Pregnancy Prevention (G-CAPP) and he founded the Neighborhood Improvement Association (NIA). Dr. Johnson currently serves on the boards of the Mary Reynolds Babcock Foundation; MDC, Inc. in Durham, NC; the Harris Neck Land Trust in McIntosh County, G; Step Up Savannah, Inc.; Healthy Savannah; and George Liele Visions in Savannah.