As Vice President of Organizational Strategy and Policy at Jobs for the Future, Cassius Johnson plays a key leadership role in steering organizational vision, strategy, and business development. He represents the organization as a key leader both internally and externally while sharing responsibility for sustaining JFF’s strong reputation in the field and with partners. He is a member of the JFF Executive office and serves as strategic advisor to all JFF program vice presidents. Working closely with the CEO and executive team, Mr. Johnson is also responsible for the overall success of strategy execution and business development; management and development of national and federal education and workforce policy initiatives; and development and implementation of a JFF research strategy.
Currently, Mr. Johnson also serves on the Massachusetts Workforce Development Board and chairs the Youth Committee. Additionally, he is the vice chair of the Phi Theta Kappa Foundation.
Before joining JFF, Mr. Johnson served as the Senior Director of Policy and Government Affairs at Year Up where he led national and federal policy and government affairs. Previously he was a program officer at the Carnegie Corporation of New York conducting grantmaking in education reform and new school designs. Prior to that, he was Associate Vice President here, at Jobs for the Future where he worked for almost eight years, launching the organization’s DC operations and directing national and federal policy activities. He began his policy career in the Texas State Legislature where he was Chief of Staff for a member of the House of Representatives.
Mr. Johnson attended the Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs in Austin, Texas where he was a Barbara Jordan Scholar.