Broderick Johnson

Broderick Johnson - Speaker at the Retail Works Summit
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Broderick D. Johnson is a public policy and political strategist with more than three decades of leadership at the

highest levels of government and the legal profession. Currently, he is co-leader of Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner’s Public Policy and Government Affairs practice. As a partner in the firm, Broderick offers a sophisticated blend of advice and counsel to clients seeking the best strategies to navigate the legislative, regulatory, legal, and political arenas.

Broderick has the distinction of having been appointed to senior posts under two U.S. Presidents. Broderick served as Assistant to the President and Cabinet Secretary under President Barack Obama. In that role, he was the President’s primary liaison to members of the Cabinet, directing a team that helped coordinate policy and communications strategy between the West Wing and Federal agencies. President Obama also appointed Broderick the chairman of the White House’s My Brother’s Keeper Task Force, an interagency initiative designed to identify and address the disparities that hamper the success of boys and young men of color, and to improve the lives of all youth. In the Clinton White House, Broderick was Deputy Assistant to the President for Legislative Affairs.

Broderick also has served as a senior advisor for several presidential campaigns, including the Obama-Biden and Kerry-Edwards campaigns

Broderick served in numerous senior positions on Capitol Hill, beginning in the House Office of the Legislative Counsel, where he drafted such landmark legislation as the Family and Medical Leave Act and the Immigration Reform and Control Act of 1986. He was also chief Democratic counsel to two standing committees, including the House Committee on Education and the Workforce, where he crafted legislative policy and strategy on K-12, higher education, and labor and employment issues. His private sector career has included senior positions as vice president for congressional affairs with the AT&T and BellSouth corporations, where he was a lead strategist on technology and tax issues. 

With a lifetime dedication to community service, Broderick currently serves as chairman of the Advisory Council of the My Brother’s Keeper Alliance (now a major program under the umbrella of the Obama Foundation) and he is also on the board of directors of the Wolf Trap Foundation. He is an adjunct professor at the University of Michigan Law School, where he lectures on public policy and government relations. He also frequently speaks and writes about such subjects as workforce development and economic policy, criminal justice reform, education and technology, and government ethics.

Broderick received his B.A. in philosophy from the College of the Holy Cross and his J.D. from the University of Michigan Law School. He is admitted to practice law in the District of Columbia.

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