Victor Johnson

Victor C. Johnson, now retired, was a 40-year foreign affairs professional in Washington, DC. He was a staff member of the House Foreign Affairs Committee from 1975 to 1993. From 1975 to 1981 he staffed the committee’s Subcommittee on International Economic Policy and Trade, where he drafted the Export Administration Act of 1979, the country’s basic export-control authority, and helped draft and pass the International Emergency Economic Powers Act, the basic authority for today’s U.S. economic sanctions on foreign actors. From 1981 to l993, he was staff director of the Subcommittee on Western Hemisphere Affairs, where he was responsible for all significant issues of inter-American affairs and helped lead the House’s response to Reagan administration policies. He left the Hill in 1993 when President Clinton named him to lead Peace Corps programs in Latin America and the Caribbean. From 1998 until his retirement in 2016, he was employed by NAFSA: Association of International Educators, the world’s largest association of international education professionals, where he built the organization’s public policy department to promote international education and exchange. He has also served as associate dean of international education at Jacksonville University in Florida. Before beginning his Washington career, he was a Peace Corps volunteer in Liberia and worked for the Ford Foundation in Colombia. From 2008 to 2013 he was a member of the board of directors of the Washington Office on Latin America, and served as chair for two years. He is a University of Wisconsin political science Ph.D.

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