Renée J. Johnson

Government Affairs & Outreach Director

Renée J. Johnson manages Small Business Majority’s federal policy and government affairs efforts and its outreach and educational efforts to small business owners and business groups in the Mid-Atlantic region.

Prior to joining Small Business Majority, Renée served as the Project and Development Director at DC Appleseed, where she was responsible for project management, research and analysis on a diverse portfolio of projects through a racial equity lens. Previously, Renée served as the Training Director at the United State of Women, where she provided women across the country with opportunities for personal, professional and political advancement. Renée has also worked for the District of Columbia as the Director of Legislation and Policy in the Department of Human Services and in a variety of roles supporting the Chairman of the District of Columbia Council. Previously, Renée served on Capitol Hill for Congressman Bobby Rush, Senator Roland Burris and Richard Durbin.

In 2018, Renee was appointed by DC Mayor Muriel Bowser to her Advisory Commission on Caribbean Community Affairs, received the District of Columbia Council Cornerstone in the Community Award and was named one of the "13 Caribbean American Women in Politics You Need to Know." In 2017, she received the "Rising Star Award" from Campaigns and Elections Magazine. She was recently profiled in Forbes and Essence Magazines for her achievements, where she emphasized the importance of getting more women of color into politics, entrepreneurship and advocacy.

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