James A. Johnson’s Accomplishments

James A. Johnson is widely recognized for his expertise and leadership in politics, finance and philanthropy. Toward the end of his tenure as CEO of Fannie Mae from 1998 to 1999, he helped the company gain the 27th largest market cap.

He is also sought after for his political expertise. From 1977 to 1981, Johnson was executive assistant to Vice President Walter Mondale during the entire Carter Administration. In this role, he advised Mondale on both domestic and foreign affairs and other political matters. In 2008, he was chosen by then presidential candidate Barack Obama to lead the vice presidential nominee selection process.

For his expertise and prominence in governmental affairs and leadership, James has been the recipient of numerous awards and honors:

  • George Washington University School of Business and Public Management’s CEO of the Year (1994)
  • Helen Hayes Peat Marwick Award for Distinguished Community Service (with Fannie Mae, 1995)
  • Honorary Doctorate from Colby College (1997)
  • Washingtonian Magazine’s Washingtonian of the Year (1998)
  • Honorary Doctorate from Howard University (1999)
  • Honorary Doctorate from Skidmore College (2002)
  • Honorary Doctorate from Augsburg College (2006)
  • Honorary Doctor of Laws Degree from the University of Minnesota (2006)