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Johnny Manzon-Santos
Leadership and Coaching

Johnny is co-principal of Pearldiving LLC, a coaching and consulting practice committed to partnering with individuals and organizations in transition. Passionate about working with emerging and seasoned social impact leaders, Johnny invites his clients to tell the truth, align head-heart-stomach-spirit, and lead with fierceness, humor and humanity.

Since 1985 Johnny has been engaged in peace and social justice movements as an activist, organizer, and client advocate. A strategic thinker with deep experience in the nonprofit sector, he served 15 years as executive director of health/HIV agencies in New York and San Francisco. He has led through boom and bust economic times and is intimately familiar with start-up, rapid expansion, downsizing, and merger.

Johnny is certified by the Coaches Training Institute, credentialed through the International Coach Federation, and trains and mentors coaches globally as a faculty member with Leadership that Works. He is an alumnus of Brown University and the Executive Program for Nonprofit Leaders at Stanford’s Graduate School of Business.

Johnny identifies as a cisgender queer man of color who grew up in a working class military family, the youngest child of Filipino immigrants to the US. He is a mindfulness practitioner in the Zen tradition of Thich Nhat Hanh, and also an avid adult figure skater who trains in singles freestyle, same-sex pairs and ice dance.