James A. Johnson

Director Since: May 1999

Committees: Chair, Compensation Committee; member of all other standing committees and Public Responsibilities Subcommittee
Other Current Public Company Directorships: Forestar Group Inc. and Target Corporation
Other Public Company Directorships within past 5 years: None

Career Highlights

  • Chairman, Johnson Capital Partners, a private consulting company (Present)

  • Vice Chairman, Perseus L.L.C., a merchant banking and private equity firm
    (April 2001 – June 2012)

  • Fannie Mae
    • Chairman of the Executive Committee (1999)
    • Chairman and Chief Executive Officer (February 1991 – 1998)
    • Vice Chairman (1990 – February 1991)

Other Professional Experience and Community Involvement

  • Chairman Emeritus, John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts

  • Member, Council on Foreign Relations

  • Member, American Academy of Arts and Sciences

  • Member and Treasurer, American Friends of Bilderberg

  • Chairman Emeritus and Executive Committee Member, The Brookings Institution

  • Council Member, Smithsonian Museum of African American History and Culture

  • Chair, Advisory Council, Stanford University Center on Longevity

Experience and Qualifications

Through his professional experience in financial services, Mr. Johnson brings extensive knowledge of the financial services and investment management industries to our Board. In addition, Mr. Johnson offers deep insight into governmental affairs and the regulatory process, gained from, among other things, his tenure at Fannie Mae and his work with Vice President Walter F. Mondale, including as the Vice President’s Executive Assistant. Since our initial public offering, Mr. Johnson’s commitment and service to our Board have been exemplary. His many years of service have provided him with a deep institutional knowledge base that helps provide perspective to our Board and guidance to our management. Further, he has extensive expertise in compensation matters at our firm and, as a result, has been an effective leader as Chair of our Compensation Committee. Through his service on the boards of directors of public companies and not-for-profit entities, Mr. Johnson has developed additional corporate governance expertise.