Johnny Brookbank is a business owner, producer, author and real estate investor who is passionate about financial education and community engagement. As an entrepreneur, his primary vision for La Crescenta is to create a system which will generate its own income for the community. He also serves as Vice President for The Balcony of LA, a local non-profit which promotes La Crescenta art, business and community.
Johnny is passionate about building La Crescenta up. He has formed the La Crescenta Litter Club which has picked up more than 10 miles of trash in our neighborhoods, leading The Foothills into a cleaner, greener tomorrow.
In partnering with local activist groups Johnny has helped to engage the community in diversity and inclusion discussions and initiatives, speaking out against racism in the Crescenta Valley. He is also an advocate for utilizing technology and social media to organize the local populous. In support of this, Johnny leads a digital outreach team which daily engages new community members in local undertakings.
He has collaborated with Children’s Hospital Los Angeles and California School for the Deaf to create elaborate holiday experiences for unsuspecting youth. In 2019 his team brought live reindeer, 20-tons of snow, sleds, elves, Santa and an endless fountain of hot cocoa to a deserving LA neighborhood. In 2017 after Hurricane Harvey, they traveled to Texas to re-build a facility which homes at-risk youth. In 2016, he and his wife (a photographer) traveled to Uganda to direct their creative services towards an orphanage. The content created was used to raise funds which supplied superior living facilities for thousands of human beings.
Outside of his professional and political engagements he and his family volunteer as guest chefs for Ascencia, a Glendale program which assists in lifting families out of homelessness. He is a regular volunteer at La Crescenta Elementary career day and has coached CV Little League for 4 years.
In 2008 he was diagnosed with stage 4 cancer. He chronicles the experience in his book, “Cancer? But I’m a Virgo”. He is married, has four children (3, 7, 10, 10) and enjoys writing about himself in third person. He also recycles.