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Broderick D. Johnson

Senior Of Counsel

Broderick Johnson is a public policy and political strategist with more than three decades of leadership at the highest levels of government and the legal profession. He provides strategic leadership advice and counsel to clients on legislative, regulatory, legal, and political issues. His experience includes telecommunications and technology, workforce development, tax policy, education, sports and entertainment, and financial services matters.

Mr. Johnson has the distinction of having been appointed to senior posts under two U.S. Presidents. He served as Assistant to the President and Cabinet Secretary under President Barack Obama. In that role, he was the President’s primary liaison to members of the Cabinet, directing a team that helped coordinate policy and communications strategy between the West Wing and Federal agencies. President Obama also appointed Mr. Johnson the chairman of the White House’s My Brother’s Keeper Task Force, an interagency initiative designed to identify and address the disparities that hamper the success of boys and young men of color, and to improve the lives of all youth. In the Clinton White House, he was Deputy Assistant to the President for Legislative Affairs.

Mr. Johnson also has served as a senior advisor for several presidential campaigns, including the Obama-Biden and Kerry-Edwards campaigns.

Memberships and Affiliations

  • My Brother’s Keeper Advisory Council—Obama Foundation, Chairman (2018-present)
  • Wolf Trap Foundation, Board Member (2017-present)
  • Dean’s Advisory Group, University of Michigan Law School (2017-present)
  • College of the Holy Cross, Trustee (2019-present)
  • Boule, Epsilon Chapter, Member (2009-present)
  • Black Economic Alliance, Board Member (2019-present)

Previous Experience

  • The White House, Assistant to the President and Cabinet Secretary; Chair of the President’s My Brother’s Keeper Task Force (MBK); Deputy Assistant to the President for Legislative Affairs
  • Obama-Biden Reelection Campaign, Senior Advisor
  • Kerry-Edwards Presidential Campaign, Senior Advisor
  • AT&T and Bell South Corporations, Vice President for Government Relations
  • U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Education and the Workforce, Chief Democratic Counsel
  • U.S. House of Representatives Committee on the District of Columbia, Staff Director and Chief Democratic Counsel
  • U.S. House of Representatives Office of the Legislative Counsel, Assistant Counsel
  • Jane L Mixer Award, The University of Michigan Law School
  • CLEO EDGE Honoree, Greater Equality, Council on Legal Education Opportunity, Inc.
  • Civil Rights Justice by Action Youth Award, National Organization of Blacks in Law Enforcement
  • Special Award, The King Center
  • Harry A. and Margaret D. Towsley Foundation Policymaker in Residence, University of Michigan