LINDA E. JOHNSON
Linda E. Johnson is the President and Chief Executive Officer of the National Constitution Center, the only American museum solely dedicated to fostering a greater understanding of the history, and ongoing relevance of the United States Constitution. Ms. Johnson was named to the post in January 2009, having previously served on the Center’s Board of Trustees and its executive committee for a decade.
As the Constitution Center’s chief executive, Ms. Johnson manages the 42-member Board of Trustees, currently led by Chairman President William J. Clinton, and presides over the $200 million facility’s financial, educational and programmatic initiatives.
Before taking the helm of the NCC, Ms. Johnson served as the Chief Executive Officer of the Free Library of Philadelphia Foundation from 2006-2009. During her term, Ms. Johnson raised more than $40 million for the Parkway Central Library’s Capital Campaign to finance a major renovation and expansion – designed by acclaimed architect Moshe Safdie. She also oversaw the Library’s annual-giving campaign, including the George Pepper Society, and was responsible for signature Library programs including the popular Author Series, One Book, One Philadelphia, which provides 8,000 books and fosters public dialogue about literature throughout the region each year, the Free Library Festival and the Summer Reading program which provides services to more than 60,000 school children annually.
Born and raised in the Philadelphia region, Ms. Johnson earned her undergraduate degree from Hamilton College in Clinton, New York. Her post graduate achievements include an MBA from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania and a degree in law.
She began her professional career practicing environmental and education law with the firm of Greenberg & Prior in Princeton, NJ, which later merged with the Newark, NJ, firm Sills Cummis. In 1990, she joined JCI Data Processing, Inc., an information technology company founded in 1958 by her father, Victor Johnson. She was named President of JCI in 1994. During her tenure the company, a leading provider of information services to magazine publishers and marketers, doubled in size. In 2004 the company was sold. Ms. Johnson remains a shareholder in the payroll business, now known as American Payroll Company.
Ms. Johnson is active on an array of non-profit boards, serving on the executive committee of the board of Hamilton College, where she also chairs the Building Grounds and Equipment Committee; the executive committee of the board of the Museum of Arts and Design, New York; the Greater Philadelphia Chamber of Commerce; the Free Library of Philadelphia Foundation and the Albert Einstein Healthcare Network. She previously served on the Germantown Friends School Committee.
Ms. Johnson lives in Center City Philadelphia. Her personal interests include collecting contemporary art, contemporary craft and early American folk art. She is also a long-distance runner who has completed seven marathons.