Stanley Johnson is a native of Black River, Jamaica. His family emigrated to the United States when he was very young, and they seasonally traveled from Florida to New York picking fruit. Stan earned a bachelor’s degree in business administration in 1995 from historically black Knoxville College.
While volunteering at nonprofit Tribe One in 2009, Stan started some conversations with three young men, Joshua Outsey, Jarius Bush and Jerome Johnson, about the emerging green economy and how the newly created jobs could help the low-income young people in Knoxville.
However, instead of just assuming they knew the answers, they started a Listening Project, knocking on doors and asking questions. They found out that the most pressing issue was unaffordable utility bills, thus SEEED (Socially Equal Energy Efficient Development) was formed.