Get to know Brian Johnson


Brian Johnson

Financial Professional

Brian D. Johnson is an author and financial professional and serves as the CommonWealth Initiative’s CEO. His career in finance began in 2000 at Morgan Stanley in Chicago. In 2002, Brian accepted a role with Wachovia Securities (now Wells Fargo Advisors) to work in their Chicago-based Regional Compliance Department. Since then, Brian has acquired over 15 years of retail brokerage, compliance, and investment banking experience and has served in several capacities, including Junior Compliance Analyst and Assistant Compliance Officer.  Brian is driven by what he sees as his responsibility to promote financial change: one portfolio, one person, and one community at a time.

Brian holds a Bachelor’s degree in Management and a Post-Baccalaureate certificate in Paralegal Studies from Loyola University Chicago. He is a member of the Phi Theta Kappa International Honors Society. Brian holds life and health insurance licenses in Illinois, Ohio, and Georgia, among other states.