Commissioner Johnson is Deputy Assistant Secretary for Research, Evaluation and Monitoring at the United States Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). Located within HUD’s Office of Policy Development and Research, he serves as one of the principal advisors to the Department’s leadership on research, demonstration, and evaluation activities. He oversees a broad evaluation portfolio to include projects exploring the impact of housing on non-housing outcomes economic self-sufficiency, health and wellness, and educational achievement. Dr. Johnson’s portfolio includes demonstrations, evaluations, and research covering a range of topics including housing discrimination, homelessness, aging in place, disaster resilience/recovery, community planning and development, and building science and technology.
Prior to joining HUD, Dr. Johnson served dual roles as the Associate Director of the Office of Research and Evaluation and the Performance Improvement Officer at the Court Services and Offender Supervision Agency for the District of Columbia (CSOSA). While at CSOSA, he was principal advisor to the Director and technical and program advisor to the Criminal Justice Coordinating Council’s federal stakeholders (CJCC U.S. Parole Commission, Superior Court for The District of Columbia, U.S. Attorney for the District of Columbia, and the Pretrial Services Agency for the District of Columbia). In his advisory role with the CJCC, he was responsible for managing a team of technical staff in delivering enterprise support for offender reentry program design and evaluation, operations research, performance management, and advance analytics. Dr. Johnson has also served in research, evaluation, and policy positions at the University of Pennsylvania, The Urban Institute, and with the Executive Office of the Mayor of the District of Columbia.