Johnny J. Mack


Co-Director
ACT NOW

President & Principal
The Jonymak Group

Johnny J. Mack has a distinguished career as senior executive in public, private, government, and nonprofit organizations. He has extensive experience in the social change, community development, and international relations fields. His professional background includes serving as the executive director of the Martin Luther King, Jr. Center for Nonviolent Social Change and president of House of Mandela Family Foundation. He has served as the senior executive of several nonprofit organizations including Realizing the Dream, Inc., which he cofounded with Ambassador Andrew Young and Martin Luther King, III as an international nonprofit social change organization; Drum Major Institute, a New York based NGO; National Institute for Community Empowerment, Inc., a national intermediary in the community economic development field; and Communities Without Boundaries International, an international peace and development organization.

Dr. Mack’s community and international relations work includes extensive travel throughout the Americas, Africa, the Middle East, the Balkans and South/Southeast Asia, teaching and lecturing on the topics of peace and conflict resolution, civic engagement, nonviolent social change and human development, as well as designing and carrying out comprehensive community planning, building and development programs.

Dr. Mack has also served as senior executive in healthcare, mortgage banking, manufacturing and wholesale industries. He is principal and managing partner of The Jonymak Group, LLC, a global research and consulting firm that works across sectors – private, public, and community – focusing on strategic, advisory, development, and public affairs services to business, government, and nonprofit organizations. He has served as the Managing Director of the Atlanta office of Mercury, LLC, the international high- stakes public strategy firm and President and COO of Can-B, Inc., the health and wellness company.

Dr. Mack studies social change and movements. His research focus is subsumed in his seminal work “After Confrontation, Then What?,” which rearticulates nonviolence beyond the traditional understanding of resistance to a meta-logic using Martin Luther King, Jr.’s call to restructure the social edifice with a “revolution of values” that is effected through “peaceable power.” This framework explicates Dr. King’s peaceable power as direct, structural and cultural nonviolence with respective strategic, conscientious, and cultural action components. He, thus, argues nonviolence is a meta-logic, with direct, structural, and cultural forms that counter-pose Johan Galtung’s seminal conflict and violence triangles. Dr. Mack constructs the counter-pose of violence and nonviolence as a spectrum or alternative paths of change as articulated in Martin Luther King, Jr.’s 1967 book Where do we go from here, chaos or community?

In addition to holding degrees in business and theology from Oakwood University, Dr. Mack is a certified public account and has more than 30 years of experience directing program, administration, and financial management systems and operations. He has served as senior scholar at the Martin Luther King, Jr. Research and Institute, Stanford University, as a senior advisor on domestic policy to Search for Common Ground and the Henry Hart Rice Fellow at the School for Conflict Analysis & Resolution at George Mason University in Virginia, where he earned the doctorate in Conflict Analysis and Resolution. He has advised heads of state, high-profile and high-wealth personalities as well as served on many boards, both nonprofit and public companies, including YouthBuild USA.