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Julie Johnson

Julie Johnson

Julie Johnson is the Chief of Talent and Culture at DC Public Schools (DCPS). In this role, she oversees talent acquisition and retention, employee services, and labor management and employee relations. Julie began her career as a Teach For America corps member, teaching fifth grade in El Mirage, Arizona where she led 80 percent of her students to two years growth in both reading and math. Inspired by her students and experiences in the classroom, she joined DCPS in 2009 as a Strategy and Performance Coordinator and then Operations Manager in the Office of Special Education. In the Office of Special Education, Julie oversaw recruitment, selection, and training for teachers, related service providers, and aides serving in the summer Extended School Year program; assisted Principals in determining how to budget for special education staff; liaised with the Office of the State Superintendent of Education to ensure students with disabilities received appropriate transportation services, reducing first day of school transportation issues by 78 percent; and supported hiring and general office operation. After three years within the Office of Special Education, Julie transitioned to the operations division of DCPS and ultimately served more than five years as the Chief of Staff for the Office of the Chief Operating Officer, leading the coordination of school opening for the district for two years; overseeing a restructuring of the DCPS afterschool program; and providing strategic, hiring, and budget support to the teams who lead school operations, security, facilities, IT, compliance, and enrollment for the district.

Julie has a Master’s Degree in Public Administration from the Maxwell School at Syracuse University and a Bachelor of Arts in political science from Arizona State University. She lives with her husband and daughter in Northeast DC where they can frequently be found visiting one of the parks or libraries in the neighborhood.

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