Jessica Johnson

(she, her, hers)

Chief Executive Officer

Jessica is an accomplished and passionate leader committed to improving outcomes and opportunities for underserved families, especially kids. She has a track record of excellence in strategy, content knowledge, ground-level execution, and talent cultivation demonstrated through more than 20 years of leading and managing global teams, projects, and organizations.

Before joining Education Northwest, Jessica served as senior vice president for policy, practice, and systems change at the American Institutes for Research, where she oversaw a global portfolio of large-scale federal, state, and local projects in the areas of education systems and human services. She also designed and led the Illinois Center for School Improvement, a seven-year $60 million initiative to improve technical assistance to underserved districts statewide. Previously, Jessica was chief program officer at Learning Point Associates, where she directed school and district improvement activities, including the development of a school turnaround service line to transform teaching and learning in the most underserved schools. This work helped multiple schools achieve double digit gains in performance. Jessica later won a $10 million contract with the U.S. Department of Education to further this work and testified before the House of Representatives Education Committee on this topic.


  • M.A., Public Policy, John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University
  • B.A., Economics and Management, Albion College

I could talk for hours about...

The problems with youth sports

My kryptonite is....

Coca Cola Tic Tacs

My favorite weather is…

70 and sunny