Chairman, Board of Directors
Multicultural Media, Telecom, and Internet Council
Ronald Johnson has a long history of public service. For the Obama Biden Transition, Johnson was appointed by Department of Commerce transition team leads, Congressman Don Byer and Attorney Ralph Everett, as a SME to review the Minority Business Development Agency, and the possible impact of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act on minority businesses and underrepresented communities and populations.
Most recently during the Biden Harris campaign, Johnson was appointed to serve as a volunteer on the Community Anchor Institutions Policy Committee and The Wireless Policy Committee. In addition, he organized and facilitated a successful fundraiser entitled, “The Biden/Harris Way: Building Back Better by Advancing Minority Entrepreneurship”.
At the federal level, he recently completed his 5th two-year term as an FCC Chairman’s appointee to a diversity advisory committee, where he has served as working group lead, and assisted the Office of Communications Business Opportunity in the development of several panels and workshops, serving as panelist and moderator. Johnson began his federal career as an executive intern at the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development and concluded five years of service as a special assistant in the Office of the Assistant Secretary for Regulatory Affairs.
At the state level, he served in appointed positions during the terms of six Virginia governors (democrats and republicans), Robb, Wilder, Gilmore, Warner, Allen and Kane. He was the first African American to serve as Vice-President of the State Board of Agriculture and Consumer Services, and was twice appointed to four year terms to Virginia State University Board of Visitors by Governors James Gilmore and Mark Warner, and was elected by his peers as Board Rector for seven consecutive years. He served as the Governor’s Representative to the Southern Technology Council, a member of the Highway Transportation Advisory Board, chairman of the Governors Foundation for a Drug Free Virginia and served on the Technology Advisory Group to the Alcohol Beverage Control Board.
At the local level, Johnson is serving a 6th four-year term as appointee to Fairfax County Economic Development Authority, where he holds the dual role as Commissioner and Secretary, and as such reviews and co-signed over $3B of County industrial revenue bond transactions during his terms. Johnson was first appointed a commissioner by then Chairman of the Board of Supervisors and now Congressman Gerry Connolly.
Johnson’s past volunteer services include Board member of the American Society for Public Administration, and Chairman of the Board of Directors of Conference of Minority Public Administrators. Currently, he is chairman of
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the Multicultural Media, Telecom, and Internet Council, a 33-year-old non-profit dedicated to addressing racial and economic disparities, and he is serving his twenty-eighth year on the governing board of an historic 218-year-old house of worship In Alexandria, Virginia. His community service also includes economic advisor to the Virginia NAACP and board member of the Alexandria National Urban League.
As an entrepreneur, Johnson founded and for twenty-five years managed successful engineering services, infrastructure and logistics companies that supported the CAPEX requirements of the telecommunications industry, and the government sector. He has advised on mergers, acquisitions, business strategies and capital formation for emerging and established businesses in communication, utilities and related industries.
His business citations include: “Top 25 Blacks in Technology” by Black Enterprise Magazine; Virginia’s Outstanding Business; Virginia’s Small Business “Best of the Best”; and, SBA Small Business Service Award. The Ed Rowe Report citation as the “Man about Fairfax County”. Additionally, Johnson has received numerous other public service and community awards.
A retired entrepreneur, Johnson serves the Wireless Infrastructure Association (WIA) as outside Senior Policy Advisor and Chief Strategist, Diversity, Equity and Inclusion, and SME on HBCUs and supplier diversity.
His degrees include a Bachelor of Arts; Master of Arts (as Danforth Fellow); Master of Education with business concentration, and the Doctor of Humane Letters.
A veteran, Dr. Johnson received an honorable discharge as Captain from his military duties in the U.S. Army Reserves Quartermaster Corp.