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Justin Johnson

Justin R. Johnson brings a variety of public service experience to the Chief Human Capital Officers (CHCO) Council. He has served in the legislative and executive branches of the Federal Government, in the non-profit sector, and in the private sector as a newspaper reporter and editor. As Acting Executive Director of the CHCO Council, Justin oversees the broad portfolio of Council activities, working closely with its members and stakeholders to execute its strategic goals.

In 1995, Justin joined the office of Senator David Pryor as press secretary. While there he was also a legislative assistant on energy and environmental policy. From 1996-2000, Justin served as a special assistant for policy, management and budget at the U.S. Department of the Interior, where he worked on interagency issues and the annual budget process. In November 2000, Justin began working for the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation where he managed an annual competitive grants program and served as the government relations representative to the Forest Service, Bureau of Land Management and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.

Before rejoining Federal service in 2009, Justin was the first executive director of the Missouri Prairie Foundation, a statewide non-profit land trust based in Columbia, Mo. Justin rejoined Federal service in 2009 as the Deputy Chief of Staff at the U.S. Office of Personnel Management where he was involved in agency policy initiatives and served as the liaison to national labor leaders on federal workforce matters.

He received a Bachelor of Journalism and a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from the University of Missouri. Justin and his wife Melissa Burns live in Washington, DC, with their two children, Moira and Luke.


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