Bettina Vance-Johnson is founder and Chief Executive Officer of Urbanly DIVA (Divine, Inspirational, Virtuous, Anointed) Inc. Founded in 2010, Urbanly DIVA Inc acts as an advocate and fundraiser for nonprofit organizations to help drive philanthropic services and goods to these organizations so they can provide strong support within their communities. Bettina has also formed a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization, DIVA Cares, as a state corporation (federal exempt status pending). DIVA Cares’ mission is, to assist homeless families recover from homelessness, reach life-long independence and enhance their quality of life. Bettina is passionate about philanthropy and volunteerism and has turned her passion into a business.
Bettina's extensive volunteer background includes a volunteer service, as a spouse, with the US Army Family Readiness Groups, an Army Family Team Builder Instructor and Relocation Specialist with US Army Recruiting Command Headquarters in Fort Knox, KY. She is currently is a long time member of Mocha Moms Inc., a volunteer membership in a 501(c)3 community service organization which is a support group for moms. She currently holds the position of Southwest/West Regional Co-Director.
As a philanthropist, Bettina continues to give of her time volunteering within the community. She currently serves as a Resource Management Community Impact Member for Valley of the Sun United Way. She also volunteers with 100 Black Men of Phoenix, Boys and Girls Club of Metropolitan Phoenix and facilitates workshops to youth, ages 16-22, at Tumbleweed Center for Youth Development. Formally, Bettina held the position of Membership Co-Chair of National Sales Network, Phoenix Chapter and committee member of UMOM New Day Centers Annual Children's Charity Golf Tournament Planning Committee. Bettina volunteers at her children's schools and is a 2012 member of Phoenix Black Board of Directors Project.
Bettina is a member of the Meeting Professionals International and Association of Fundraising Professionals.
First Things First
In November 2006, Arizona voters passed Proposition 203-a citizen's initiative that funds early childhood development and health. Proposition 201 was designed to be a voluntary system of early care and education and included 3 principles: local communities must come together to plan and administer what works best in their community; it must be flexible enough to accommodate the unique demographics of our state; it must be transparent and held accountable for outcomes. The proposition created a state level board known as the Arizona Early Childhood Development & Health Board. The Board subsequently adopted the name First Things First as an uplifting reference to the voter-enacted initiative, and to exemplify the importance of early childhood.