Lionel C. Johnson became president of the Pacific Pension & Investment Institute in July 2014. His career spans more than three decades during which he has been a leader in international business, public policy, and economic development. He has served as senior vice president of the Initiative for Global Development, as vice president of Turkey, Middle East, and North Africa Affairs at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, and as senior vice president of Public Affairs at Fleishman-Hillard.
Previously, Johnson was vice president and director of International Government Affairs at Citigroup and deputy assistant secretary of the Treasury for International Development, Debt and Environment Policy in the Clinton Administration. He was also a senior advisor for Resources, Plans, and Policy to Secretary of State Warren Christopher, and a member of the Department of State Policy Planning Staff.
As a member of the U.S. Foreign Service, Johnson drew assignments in the U.S. Embassies in Haiti, the Philippines and Kenya. He also served as special assistant to Secretaries of State George P. Shultz and James A. Baker III. Johnson was a senior program officer at the National Democratic Institute for International Affairs. He was a graduate instructor of U.S. foreign policy and American politics at the City University of Manila, Philippines, and received his B.A. in political science from Rutgers University in 1982.
Johnson is a member of the Board of Trustees of the RAND Corporation in Santa Monica, California and the Board of Trustees of Guilford College in Greensboro, North Carolina. He also serves on the Board of Directors of the Project on Middle East Democracy in Washington, D.C. He has two children, Alicia and Christopher.