Eric Johnson, Mayor of Dallas

Published on11 FEB 2020
Making Progress Towards Racial Equity

Dallas Mayor Eric Johnson discusses his career and entry into politics, advice for the next generation of leaders, and the growing economic opportunities in Dallas.

On bridging the political divide: “I've made deals and worked with people who are from the most unlikely backgrounds because I chose to find the things we had in common and focus on that…. You don't have to spend all your time if you don't want to talk about all the things that we don't have in common…. I choose to live in the space of what we have in common.”

On economic opportunities in Dallas: “One of the things that we can do to be an asset to business is help them attract talent. It's something that I stay up at night trying to figure out…. I think our contribution to helping you and helping folks similarly situated solve their talent issues is to make sure that the return on investment is as high as possible in terms of quality of life for people who are contemplating coming here.”

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