Aria was born and raised in San Francisco and received her Bachelor’s from Wheaton College, MA where she studied Psychology and Anthropology. She graduated from Drexel University, Philadelphia, in December 2017 with an MBA in Entrepreneurship and Innovation Management.
During her junior year at Wheaton, Aria spent eight months in various regions of South Africa where she studied the psychological effects of living in the post-apartheid society. Upon graduation from Wheaton, Aria spent three years working in the fundraising department of Repair the World, a social justice organization in New York, where she raised funds to create volunteer opportunities for young adults. Aria then spent several years as an integral member of the Special Events department at NYU Langone Medical Center, helping plan and execute the hospital’s and School of Medicine’s annual fundraising galas. Currently, Aria is putting her MBA to use with Fairmount Ventures, Inc. where she is a nonprofit strategy and fundraising consultant.
Aria is passionate about making the world a better place and helping others. She has served as a Junior Board member for Harlem Educational Activities Fund, volunteered with NY Cares, and supported multiple do-gooder campaigns nationwide. In her free time, Aria enjoys cooking, exploring new restaurants in her neighborhood, and is eternally searching for the East Coast’s best burrito.
As a sought-after speaker, motivator, best-selling author, radio personality and business strategist, Sherita J. Herring has been instrumental in impacting countless communities, businesses and individuals all over the world, including in Africa, France, Canada, Pakistan, Cambodia, the Philippines, China, Trinidad/Tobago, and numerous municipalities throughout the United States. While working with these organizations and others, she has raised over $30 million in funding, and formed more than 600 international businesses.
As a former radio personality with world-wide listeners, Sherita’s weekly broadcast focused on highlighting global “difference makers”; building the capacity of small businesses and entrepreneurs; bridging cultural and racial communication gaps; and serving as a vital resource for marginalized populations in Southern California.
Because of her volunteerism and social connectedness (forming nonprofits, coaching and training), she has helped foster hospitals in Pakistan and Belize; restored forest and wetland ecosystems along the US Gulf Coast, reduce inmate tensions and improving communications through a comedy-based prison program; building water towers in the Philippines; serving orphans in Southeast Asia; and working with an entrepreneur to cure malaria and reducing youth suicide.
Through her Kreative Images Foundation, she has helped secure millions of dollars and developed hundreds of agencies that are operating in nearly 20 countries.
She has been featured in publications with First Lady Michelle Obama; honored with the acclaimed R&B singer Chaka Khan, and U.S. Congresswomen Maxine Waters and Diane Watson; and highlighted in Women of Colormagazine with Coretta Scott King and Maya Angelou.
Mrs. Phyllis Johnson is passionate about helping others and making a positive impact in the lives of the disenfranchised and marginalized. She is committed to the development of young people and has spent most of her life serving and mentoring them, through the Girl Guides and The Cat Island Association Juvenile Department in the Bahamas.
A practicing Anglican, she has served as Evangelism and Outreach Director with her husband with responsibility for the Big Brother Big Sister Program.
In 2010, she and her husband founded the New Providence American Youth Football Association, a non-profit organization that mentors young boys from ages 7-17 and provides them with the opportunity to further their education and return to become productive citizens. They have been able to secure over 21 scholarships for this program and the boys are thriving and making the organization proud.
Mrs. Johnson is a retired Senior Public Relations Manager with the National Airline of the Bahamas and is a certified Paralegal. She is the Administrator for Holiday Jet Express, a travel company and she provides consultancy services in Public Relations & Marketing.
Phyllis has contributed her time to the AGIF and will organize NGO training and enrollment in the Bahamas.
She is married to Craig Johnson and they have three children and two grandchildren.