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Executive Director

Bottom Line

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Bottom Line

500 Amory Street Suite 1

Jamaica, Massachusetts 02130

United States

Company Description

Since 1997, Bottom Line has addressed the low college graduation rates of at-risk urban youth. Our organization was founded on the belief that students need a mentor and a guide during the college application process and throughout college to succeed. By ... more

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Education

B.A.

Whitman College

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Political Science

Brown University

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Growing up in Connecticut, Greg Johnson always understood the value of education. What he didn't know then was that it would become his life's mission to help disadvantaged students get into college-and stay there through graduation. But that is exactly what he does through Bottom Line.
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Clearly, getting into college is only one of the challenges confronting disadvantaged youths. A bigger one is staying there through graduation. That is the mission of Bottom Line, a Boston-based nonprofit organization with a satellite office in Worcester, Mass., and a second scheduled to open this summer in New York City. It is also the mission of its Executive Director, Greg Johnson.


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From top university to Bottom Line
It was not a line of work Greg initially imagined he'd wind up in. Growing up in Enfield, Conn., a sleepy town located roughly halfway between Boston and New York, he attended public high school and went directly on to Brown University. "I went in thinking I'd be a chemist," he says. "But I realized that sitting in a lab is not where I wanted to be. He found himself attracted to the social sciences instead, and he praises Brown for an educational style that "allows people to find their own path."
That path first led to Springfield, Mass., just up Route I-91 from his hometown, where Greg landed a job as Program Director for an AM radio station and also gained on-air broadcasting experience. He enjoyed the work, but when he and his wife relocated to Boston so that she could attend graduate school, he found it next to impossible to break into local radio.
It turned out to be a big break for him-and for the students he has helped prepare for a more successful future. His first job on this career path was with The Princeton Review, where he began teaching classes to help students "from all walks of life" prepare for the math SAT-or, as he puts it, "beat the test. Over the next seven years, he rose through the ranks, eventually becoming the Director of Marketing for Massachusetts and northern New England.
It was through this position that Greg came to the attention of Dave Borgal, who had founded Bottom Line in 1997 to help inner-city high school seniors get college degrees.
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"Our goal is to stay with these students until they finish their college experience," Greg says.
Bottom Line accomplishes this task through what Greg calls "high-touch" personalized one-on-one guidance and mentoring, from helping high school students apply to college right through until they receive their degree. Counselors are full-time staff who maintain consistent support and also refer students to other resources if needed.
Greg had a staff of four when he joined Bottom Line, and he found that his organization-though it had grown exponentially from its first class of 25-could only handle about 200 students at a time. Yet, "kids were walking in off the streets," he recalls. "I figured, there's got to be a way to help more students."
He set about overhauling the way things were done at Bottom Line, from ramping up fundraising efforts to systematizing the services provided, so that more students could be supported in a consistent way-and across a wider geographic territory. "What we had at the beginning was a talented staff," he says. "But I know that's not enough-no matter how talented your staff is. I wanted to take our model of support and standardize the curriculum across the office, so that we could rely less on talent and more on the system."
Today, Bottom Line supports 650 high school students and 947 college students across the state of Massachusetts, with more to follow once the New York office opens.
It is of that expansion that Greg is most proud. He believes that focusing on college retention for low-income and first-generation students is relevant-and important-across the country and that creating a replicable program gives it that portability. Even today, "more students want our service than we can serve," he says. And it's his vision to offer that help to every kid who wants and needs it.
As Greg puts it, "Nothing is more rewarding than seeing a student make it through.
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Greg himself finds support among his own peers through Grand Circle Foundation's Community Advisory Group, a coalition of leaders from the Foundation and its long-term nonprofit partners in Boston. Greg is a new member of the group, which meets regularly to explore ideas for resolving issues they have in common, including handling budgets and fundraising, developing boards, evaluating programs, coordinating volunteers, and more. Greg notes that many of his colleagues in the group work with youths in the same neighborhoods of Boston from which Bottom Line draws much of its clientele. "They're great organizations," he says. "Our goals are perfectly aligned."
He also appreciates the opportunity to make use of the facilities of Grand Circle Leadership Center in Kensington, New Hampshire. "You can get people thinking creatively much better than in their office," he says of these off-sites. "And the facilities are excellent."
Most of all, the creative solutions Greg seeks are all focused on helping the students in the care of his organization. He is passionate about his work, and it shows.


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It's the stories on college essays that motivate Greg in his life's mission-and also that of the organization he leads, Bottom Line: to help disadvantaged students get into college, graduate from college, and go far in life. For example, there's the student who could be caught in the midst of gunfire, simply by walking to the store. Or the student whose mother struggled to support her family as she grappled with a drug addiction. Or the student who was brought to this country and then left here by parents who returned to their homeland.
The powerful thing for Greg is that although his students' essays begin with adversity, they end "hopeful, proud, and unwavering," he says. He knows that their resilience stems from "the belief that they have a chance for a better life."
But Greg knows that the challenge is great to ensure that better life. After all, he points out only 41% of all Boston high school graduates graduated from college within six years, according to a recent study.
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Bottom Line was created not only to help these students get accepted into college, but help them succeed after they get in. As Greg puts it, "Our goal is to stay with these students until they finish their college experience."
From a science lab to social science It was not a line of work Greg initially imagined he'd wind up in. Growing up in Enfield, Connecticut, a sleepy town located roughly halfway between Boston and New York, he attended public high school and went directly on to Brown University. "I went in thinking I'd be a chemist," he says. "But I realized that sitting in a lab is not where I wanted to be. He found himself attracted to the social sciences instead, and he praises Brown for an educational style that "allows people to find their own path."
That path first led to Springfield, Massachusetts, where Greg landed a job as Program Director for an AM radio station and gained on-air broadcasting experience. He enjoyed the work, but when he and his wife relocated to Boston so that she could attend graduate school, he found it next to impossible to break into local radio.
But this turned out to be a big break for him-and for the students he has helped prepare for a more successful future. His first job on this career path was with The Princeton Review, where he began teaching classes to help students "from all walks of life" prepare for the math SAT, or as he puts it, "beat the test. Over the next seven years, he rose through the ranks, eventually becoming the Director of Marketing for Massachusetts and northern New England.
It was through this position that Greg came to the attention of Dave Borgal, who had founded Bottom Line in 1997.
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For Greg, it was "an immediate fit.
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It is of Bottom Line's expansion that Greg is most proud. "Kids were walking in off the streets," he recalls. "I figured, there's got to be a way to help more students. Even today, "more students want our service than we can serve," he says. It is his hope that creating a replicable program will one day offer help to every student who wants and needs a college education.
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Greg is a member of the group, which meets regularly to explore ideas for resolving issues they have in common, including handling budgets and fundraising, developing boards, evaluating programs, coordinating volunteers, and more. Greg notes that many of his colleagues in the group work with youths in the same neighborhoods from which Bottom Line draws much of its Boston clientele. "They're great organizations," he says. "Our goals are perfectly aligned."
Grand Circle Foundation co-chairs Harriet and Alan Lewis have been impressed by Greg, too.
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"Nothing is more rewarding than seeing a student make it through," says Greg.


Bottom Line - Get in, graduate and go far. Success depends on you.

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Bottom Line COO, Greg Johnson, featured in Huffington Post "Social Entrepreneur Series". 8/5/2015


Bottom Line - Get in, graduate and go far. Success depends on you.

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Bottom Line COO, Greg Johnson, featured in Huffington Post "Social Entrepreneur Series". 8/5/2015

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