Jessica Johnson is a senior vice president for Policy, Practice, and Systems Change (PP&SC) at AIR in Washington, D.C. In this role, Johnson oversees domestic and international capacity-building work across AIR’s professional services practice areas and contributes to strategy and direction setting for the professional services division. Johnson is responsible for financial oversight, program and project management, quality assurance, staffing, and business development for work that encompasses 250+ staff and over 100 projects, including the Federal Comprehensive Centers, the State Support Network, and the National Center on Safe Supportive Learning Environments.
Johnson has deep expertise and experience managing and leading large-scale capacity building work in education at the state and local levels. Prior to taking on the SVP role, she oversaw seven practice areas for PP&SC including Education Systems, Educator Preparation and Performance, Postsecondary Transitions and Pathways, Literacy, STEM, Education Technology, and English Learners. Since joining AIR in 2011, she has been a leader in developing and implementing evidence-based services at the federal, state, and local levels focused on improving outcomes for low-performing districts and schools. Her areas of expertise include statewide systems of support, school and district improvement, and systems change. Under Johnson’s leadership, AIR’s partnerships with states, districts, and schools have led to better systems and improved outcomes for low performing students. Most notably, she launched the Illinois Center for School Improvement in partnership with the Illinois State Board of Education in 2012, a system of support designed to improve outcomes for students in priority and focus schools under the Elementary and Secondary Education Act.
Prior to joining AIR, Johnson was a chief program officer at Learning Point Associates leading similar lines of work. She launched her career at Deloitte as a business analyst and eventually became a manager in the change management practice. She has served as an elected school board member and is currently chairing Engage 204, a stakeholder engagement initiative for the fourth largest school district in Illinois.