Urban Juncture Team
UJ Founder & President
Between 1990 and 2003, as a member of the management consulting firm of McKinsey & Company, Bernard helped senior corporate leaders around the world expand existing businesses, create new businesses, and improve operations. Bernard’s contributions at McKinsey include co-founding its global Agriculture and Food Chains initiative and leading world-wide client development and service in that arena. He also co-founded and led the firm-wide Black Client Service Staff initiative, which drove substantial increases in the number of Black associates and partners. In addition, he co-founded the Chicago Office’s Social Ventures sector and worked with public sector clients to address key regional issues.
Bernard’s civic efforts are focused on improving access to economic opportunity. In Chicago, he currently serves as a member of the Board of Governors of the Metropolitan Planning Council and of Mayor Rahm Emmanuel’s Green Ribbon Committee. He recently served as member and chairman of the Board of Trustees of Centers for New Horizons, as co-chairman of the governor-appointed Dan Ryan Taskforce, and as convener of the Friends of the Checkerboard Lounge. He also has served on the board of trustees of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
A native of Chicago, Bernard was raised primarily in Germany and Liberia, West Africa. He received undergraduate and graduate degrees from MIT, including a doctorate in computational fluid dynamics and a masters of science in business. He and his family reside in Chicago’s Bronzeville community.
Kaaron Johnson manages much of the day-to-day operations across all of the Urban Juncture initiatives in addition to managing all social media accounts, booking events, record keeping, and so much more.
Boxville Market Manager
Michelle manages vendor recruitment and all operations of the Boxville marketplace. In addition, Michelle plays a leading role in organizing community-service events and engaging volunteers in our work.
As lead farmer of Green Line Farm, Lewis is responsible for all of the production planning and execution for this unique rooftop facility. He also provides leadership for many other plant and landscaping activities on 51st Street.
Interior Consultant & Designer
Award-winning artist, model, civic leader and interior decorator. Provided design concepts and execution of the Bronzeville Jerk Shack and The Bronzeville Incubator spaces and day-to-day guidance on maintaining these designed spaces.