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February 13, 2017 | Community News, Community News and Media

Barbara George Johnson

Executive Director

John S. Watson Institute for Public Policy

Thomas Edison State University

National African American History Month in February honors the contributions that African-Americans have made to American history.  NJPHK is proud to celebrate Barbara George Johnson, a public health advocate and 2014 recipient of the NJPHK Healthy Kids Champion Award.

George Johnson brings more than 22 years of experience as a public policy professional to New Jersey. She oversees the six policy centers housed at the John S. Watson Institute:  The centers focus on early childhood education, urban environmental issues, public health, civic engagement and leadership development, capacity building, and the New Jersey Urban Mayors Association (NJUMA). The NJUMA is a nonpartisan organization comprised of the 31 largest municipalities in the state.  Barbara manages legislative analysis, regional economic development, public safety and other policy issues for the NJUMA.

Before her current role, Barbara served as managing principal of GOVCONNECTIONS, LLC and a Senior Associate for MBI-GluckShaw where she represented a diverse client base that ranged from the New Jersey Council of Teaching Hospitals to municipal governments including the City of Trenton. Barbara was also the first Legislative Director of the American Civil Liberties Union of New Jersey.

Barbara earned a bachelor’s degree in biology and technology from Cornell University, an MPH from Columbia University’s School of Public Health and a Juris Doctor from Rutgers- Newark Law School.

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