Martha Johnson tapped to lead GSA
President Barack Obama has nominated former General Services Administration (GSA) Chief of Staff Martha Johnson to lead the independent agency. The nomination goes to the Senate for approval.
Johnson served as co-lead for the Obama Presidential Transition Agency Review Team for GSA, and is currently the vice president of culture at Falls Church, Va.-based Computer Sciences Corporation (CSC); she has held that position since 2007. As vice president, Johnson is helping direct a change in culture within the 90,000-person corporation.
From 2002 to 2007, Johnson was a vice president at SRA International where she managed a strategic consulting group that served federal clients including the Department of Homeland Security and the Department of Labor.
Johnson served as chief of staff at GSA from 1996 to 2001, under then-administrator David Barram. Before that, she served as assistant deputy secretary of the Commerce Department from 1993 to 1996. In the first months of the Clinton White House, Johnson served in the Office of Presidential Personnel.
Before joining the Clinton administration, Johnson’s career spanned a series of jobs in finance, marketing and diversity consulting in human relations management. She received her B.A. from Oberlin College in 1974 and her M.B.A. from Yale University in 1979.
The current acting administrator for GSA is Paul Prouty, a 38-year GSA veteran. He has been serving in his current post since late January.
GSA, which employs about 12,000, buys goods and services for federal agencies, serves as the federal government’s landlord, and develops government-wide cost-minimizing policies.