Eric M. Johnson

Director, Research and Development, Workforce and Economic Opportunity Division

Eric M. Johnson


  • PhD, Political Science and Education, Columbia University
  • MA, Comparative & International Development Education, University of Minnesota
  • BA, International Relations, Lewis and Clark College

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Eric M. Johnson currently co-directs RTI’s Center for Global Youth Employment, with a focus on developing and testing workforce development solutions. Dr. Johnson is an accomplished development professional with 15 years of experience bridging the worlds of academia, policy, and practice. He previously worked for the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) where he led USAID investments in higher education and workforce development, while also acting as Deputy Director of USAID’s Office of Education. Dr. Johnson now provides technical expertise and support for RTI’s portfolio of youth workforce development projects in India, El Salvador, Haiti, Liberia, Kenya, and the Philippines. He provides thought-leadership for the youth workforce development sector through periodic presentations and publications. 

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