Marie C. Johns

Marie Johns, a Director since 2013 is Chair of the Governance Committee, a member of the Executive Committee, and a member of the Audit and Compliance Committee. A leader in business, civic and government service, Ms. Johns brings more than 30 years’ experience with a focus on community service in the areas of education and economic development. She served as President of Verizon Washington and was nominated by President Barack Obama to serve as Deputy Administrator of the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA). In 2011, under Ms. Johns’ leadership and initiatives, the SBA resulted in lending more than $30 billion to more than 60,000 small businesses, a record in SBA history. Ms. Johns founded L&L Consulting, LLC, a business development, organizational effectiveness and public policy consulting practice and she currently serves as managing member of Leftwich LLC, a legal and consulting professional services firm in Washington DC. Ms. Johns has served on several boards including the Economic Club of Washington, DC Chamber of Commerce, the International Women’s Forum of Washington, D.C., WLR Foods, Kaiser Permanente of the Mid-Atlantic Region and Harvest Bank of Maryland. Additionally, she is a member of the Greater Washington Business Hall of Fame, one of the Greater Washington Board of Trade’s “Leader of the Years” and the recipient of over 100 awards from different organizations for her community service. Ms. Johns received her B.S. and Master of Public Administration degrees from Indiana University where she later served as a Board member for the Tobias Center for Leadership Excellence.

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