Kenneth E. Johnson (Ken) is the Director of the Office of Civil Rights, Diversity and Inclusion (OCRDI) of the Animal and Plant Health Inspection (APHIS). He is responsible for providing leadership, direction, coordination, evaluation and support to the APHIS: Formal and Informal Complaint Programs; Cultural Transformation and Diversity and Inclusion Programs; Tribal Consultation and Outreach Programs; Civil Rights Compliance Program; and Minority Outreach and Special Emphasis Programs.
During his 37-year Federal Career, Ken spent 10 years with the Agricultural Marketing Service, 2-years with the Office of the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights, and 25 years with the Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service. He has held positions such as Special Programs Consultant to the Administrator; Acting Director, USDA Center for Minority Farmers; Director Emergency Planning and Response Division; Director of the Riverdale/Washington Business Site; Director Resource Management, Wildlife Services; Branch Chief, Procurement Policy and Safety Management; Budget Analyst; Administrative Officer; and Agricultural Marketing Specialist.
In addition to his Federal service, Ken served 9 years as an elected member of the Prince George’s County Maryland Board of Education. During his tenure on the Board, Ken’s colleagues elected him Chairman of the Board three times.
Ken received his Bachelor of Science Degree in Business Administration in 1976 from South Carolina State University. He resides in Mitchellville, MD, with his wife, daughters, son-in-law, and granddaughters.
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