Lionel c. johnson
For more than thirty years, Lionel C. Johnson has held leadership positions in economic development, international business, and public policy. After graduating from Rutgers University in 1982, Mr. Johnson was a member of the U.S. Foreign Service until 1990, serving as a political officer in Kenya, executive secretariat staff officer, assistant to the U.S. ambassador to the Philippines, vice consul in Haiti, and special assistant to Secretary of State George Shultz and Secretary of State James Baker III. From 1990 to 1993, he worked as a senior program officer at the National Democratic Institute for International Affairs. From 1996 to 2007, Mr. Johnson was vice president and director of International Government Affairs at Citigroup. In 2011, after holding other senior positions at Stanford Financial Group and Fleishman Hillard, Mr. Johnson became Vice President of Middle East Affairs at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce. He is now President of the Pacific Pension & Investment Institute, a position he has held since July 2014. Simultaneously, Mr. Johnson serves as a visiting scholar at New York University’s Program on International Relations, a member of the Board of Trustees at the RAND Corporation, and on the Board of Directors of the National Democratic Institute for International Affairs, Project on Middle East Democracy, the San Francisco General Hospital Foundation, and the U.S. Global Leadership Coalition.