The Honorable Marie C. Johns is the CEO of PPC-Leftwich, a minority/woman-led firm with deep roots in Washington, D.C. Over the years, she has advised many small businesses in the greater Washington area. Previously, Ms. Johns served as deputy administrator of the U.S. Small Business Administration, nominated by President Obama and unanimously confirmed by the U.S. Senate.
Ms. Johns is the former president of Verizon in Washington, D.C., where she was responsible for the company’s $700 million operations comprising more than one million access lines, more than 800,000 customers, and approximately 2,000 employees. Ms. Johns was listed as one of the “100 Most Powerful Women” in Washingtonian Magazine. She retired after a 21-year career in telecommunications. Among her service appointments, Ms. Johns is a trustee of Howard University, a chair of the Council for Court Excellence, and a member of the board of directors for Girl Scouts USA.
Ms. Johns earned BS and MPA degrees from the Indiana University Paul H. O’Neill School of Public and Environmental Affairs. She received an honorary doctorate of humane letters from Trinity University in Washington, D.C.