For over a decade, Regina Johnson has empowered others through workforce development and training, with a mission to give people the information they need to transform their lives.
Following college, Regina worked with an organization offering career training to under-served communities. It was here where Regina saw the need for sound policy and labor-management partnerships to close the workforce skills gap. Along with leading resume and interview skills workshops, Regina partnered with companies to create career pathways for minorities. This initiative helped over 200 women transition from unemployment and welfare to full-time jobs. This experience increased Regina’s interest in HR, and she later received a master’s degree in Human Resources.
After relocating to Washington, DC, Regina worked with a Union that represents 700,000 workers in private and public-sector employment. Regina saw firsthand the importance of economic justice and job creation through her support of various Union projects. She continued her interest in these issues by volunteering with Streetwise Partners, a nonprofit encouraging economic mobility through career training. With Streetwise, Regina served as a Career Mentor and led workshops to over 70 individuals a week. Before becoming a Fellow, Regina worked as an HR Program Manager for a federal consulting company. In this role, she developed content based on business objectives and customer needs. She oversaw project requirements and managed staff who created strategic deliverables. She also handled employee workforce concerns and created engagement opportunities.
In her spare time, Regina has served as an HR consultant to several businesses. Most recently, she partnered with Counseling Pros, LLC. a business with a mission to offer career development training and coaching to help individuals discover how to become their best self. She is a member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. and volunteers with both her collegiate and alumnae chapter.
Regina graduated from Georgia State University where she majored in Journalism with a concentration in Public Relations and minored in Sociology. She holds a master’s degree in HR Administration from Central Michigan University. In addition, she received a Project Management certificate from the University of Maryland University College.
I chose NUF as an opportunity to transition to public service while joining a network of leaders. I got into HR to give people a sense of hope. However, I now know that what is needed are leaders who truly understand job creation— leaders who can bring innovative ideas to the current conversation that organizations are already having. I have the passion, and I see the need for continued change. NUF is the next best step in my leadership journey.