Jo Linda Johnson joined FEMA in July of 2018. She previously spent almost five years with TSA, as the Director of the Civil Rights Division there. Prior to TSA, Ms. Johnson spent almost 13 years with the United States Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. During her tenure with the Commission, Ms. Johnson served in several roles, including that of appellate attorney with the Office of Federal Operations (OFO), Special Assistant to the Acting Vice Chair of the Commission, and Director of Training and Outreach. She is considered an expert on civil rights laws, the federal sector EEO process, issues of affirmative employment and affirmative action, diversity and inclusion, communication and problem solving.
Ms. Johnson is actively involved in various community activities. She is a member of the American Bar Association’s Labor and Employment Law (LEL) Section, having been selected as a LEL Section Fellow in 2011.
Prior to her federal service, Ms. Johnson served as a judicial clerk for the Superior Court of the State of Connecticut. Ms. Johnson received her Juris Doctor from the George Washington University School of Law in Washington, DC, and her undergraduate degree from the University of California, Los Angeles.