Karen Johnson

Advisory Council Member, WDN

Karen Johnson served as Assistant Secretary of Education for Legislation and Congressional Affairs in the George W. Bush Administration. In this Senate confirmed position Ms. Johnson was the Department’s primary contact with Capitol Hill. Before joining the Bush Administration, Ms. Johnson was vice president of social marketing and public affairs at Porter Novelli. 

In 2009, she founded 2KConsulting providing federal government affairs and communications expertise for not –for-profit and education clients. She is also a principal with Potomac Strategic, LLC providing similar counsel.  Ms. Johnson is a veteran of numerous political campaigns and large scale political management efforts and events, including the Republican National Convention.  An active member of her community, she has served on the Board of the Washington Mathematics Science Technology Public Charter High School in the District of Columbia; her local business association; and Australian Shepherd Rescue (she and her husband are happily owned by two). Ms. Johnson and her husband Kirk Hansen live in the Del Ray neighborhood of Alexandria.  She is a graduate of Appalachian State University in North Carolina. She is the veteran of over a half a dozen marathons and has hiked to the summit of Mt. Kilimanjaro. 

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