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Perspectives Series: James Johnson
Presidential Transitions

Mon February 11, 2008 at LBJ School Student Lounge

The Center for Politics and Governance presented a discussion with James Johnson, noted business leader and Democratic Presidential advisor, and Dean James Steinberg on presidential transitions.  Johnson, who served as Vice President Walter Mondale's executive assistant from 1976 to 1981, also managed Mondale's 1984 presidential campaign and lead Senator John Kerry's Vice Presidential selection committee during his 2004 bid for the White House.

More on Jim Johnson

Mr. Johnson is a Vice Chairman of Perseus. Prior to joining Perseus in 2001, Mr. Johnson served as Vice Chairman (1990), Chairman and Chief Executive Officer (1991-1998), and Chairman of the Executive Committee (1999) of Fannie Mae. Prior to joining Fannie Mae, Mr. Johnson was a Managing Director in Corporate Finance at Lehman Brothers. Before joining Lehman Brothers, he was President of Public Strategies, a Washington, D.C.-based consulting firm he founded to advise corporations on strategic issues. From 1977 to 1981, Mr. Johnson was Executive Assistant to Vice President Walter F. Mondale, where he advised the Vice President on domestic and foreign policy and political matters. Earlier, he was employed by the Dayton Hudson Corporation, worked as a staff member in the U.S. Senate, and was on the faculty of Princeton University.

Mr. Johnson served as Chairman of The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts and is former Chairman and Honorary Trustee of the Board of Trustees of The Brookings Institution. Mr. Johnson also serves on the Boards of Directors of The Goldman Sachs Group, Inc., KB Home, Target Corporation, Temple-Inland, Inc., and UnitedHealth Group. He is also a member of the Council on Foreign Relations, the National Museum of African American History and Culture, and the Trilateral Commission.

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