Marie Johns

Former Deputy Administrator U.S. Small Business Administration

Marie Johns

This signature event was an evening of honor and elegance recognizing the achievements of North Florida’s top minority and women-owned businesses, dynamic industry leaders and major corporations that are committed to supplier diversity.

Marie Johns is a former deputy administrator of the U.S. Small Business Administration. She was nominated by President Barack Obama and unanimously confirmed by the U.S. Senate and served as deputy from 2010-2013. As deputy she was responsible for lending more than $30 billion dollars to small businesses and also served as the chair of the President’s Interagency Task Force on Veterans Small Business Development.

Prior to government service, Johns held senior positions in the telecommunications industry, including serving as President and CEO of Verizon, Washington, D.C., a $700 million telecommunications company. While at Verizon, Johns created a job-training program that placed more than 400 teenagers, many of whom were high school dropouts, in communications jobs. She also led the effort to create technology learning centers in each of the city's eight wards and played a key role in securing $10 million in federal funding to implement a school-to-careers initiative.

As part of Advice Straight Up: An Expert Entrepreneur Speaker Series, the Jim Moran Institute sponsored Marie Johns to speak at the 2014 Big Bend Minority Chamber of Commerce's Inaugural Business Awards Gala.


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