James A. Johnson

Director Since: May 1999

Goldman Sachs Committees: Compensation, Governance, Public Responsibilities
Other Current U.S.-listed Public Company Directorships: None
Other U.S.-listed Public Company Directorships within past 5 years: Forestar Group, Inc. and Target Corporation 

Key Experience and Qualifications

  • Financial services, including investment management industry: Leverages professional experience in financial services
  • Government affairs and the regulatory process: Experience developed through, among other things, his tenure at Fannie Mae and his work with Vice President Walter F. Mondale
  • Leadership, compensation and governance: Current and prior service on the boards of directors of public companies and not-for-profit entities, including in lead director and committee chair roles, provides additional perspective

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 and The Brookings Institution
  • Member, International Council, The Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs, Harvard University
  • Council Member, Smithsonian Museum of African American History and Culture
  • Chair, Advisory Council, Stanford University Center on Longevity
  • Member, Council on Foreign Relations
  • Member, American Academy of Arts and Sciences


  • Graduate of University of Minnesota and the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs, Princeton University