Dr. Carol Johnson

Senior Advisor

Dr. Carol Johnson joined District Management Group as a senior advisor in 2017. Dr. Johnson is also currently a visiting professor at Vanderbilt University’s Peabody College of Education and Human Development in its Department of Leadership, Policy, and Organizations. She also serves on the Spencer Foundation Board, the national board of City Year, and the Memphis Advisory Board for Facing History and Ourselves.

Dr. Johnson brings to DMGroup a wealth of experience with large urban districts and school reform. She served as superintendent of Boston Public Schools (BPS), the largest school district in Massachusetts, from 2007 to 2013. In 2010, BPS was recognized as one of the most improved school districts by McKinsey and Company, and in 2012, Dr. Johnson received the Richard R. Green Award presented by the Council of the Great City Schools.

Prior to her appointment at Boston Public Schools, Dr. Johnson served as superintendent in Memphis (TN) from 2003 to 2007 and in Minneapolis (MN) from 1997 to 2003, where she was named Minnesota Superintendent of the Year. During her career, Dr. Johnson has focused on improving the lowest-performing schools, increasing graduation rates, expanding access to quality education, encouraging professional development, and promoting learning in the arts.

Dr. Johnson earned a bachelor’s degree in elementary education from Fisk University in Nashville, and a master’s and doctorate degrees from the University of Minnesota. In 2014, she was a Harvard Advanced Leadership Fellow.

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