Ambassador David Johnson is currently the Vice President for Strategic Development and Washington Operations at Sterling Global Operation, Inc., in addition to serving as a senior adviser to the Center for Strategic and International Studies and as a member of the UN’s International Narcotics Control Board. Johnson served as Assistant Secretary of State for International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs from October 2007 until January 2011, where he led US anti-crime, anti-money-laundering, counter-narcotics, and criminal justice capacity building assistance efforts. Those efforts took place in more than seventy locations, included almost seven thousand personnel, and encompassed a budget of almost four billion.
Prior to this appointment, Ambassador Johnson served as Charge d’Affaires and then Deputy Chief of Mission for the United States in London from August 2003 until July 2007. On April 26, he was elected to a five year term on the UN’s International Narcotics Control Board.
Ambassador Johnson entered the United States Foreign Service in 1977. He served as the Afghan Coordinator for the United States from May 2002 to July 2003, and as the Ambassador to the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) from January 1998 until December 2001. Before serving as Ambassador to the OSCE, he was Deputy Press Secretary for Foreign Affairs at the White House and Spokesman for the National Security Council from 1995 to 1997. Previously, he served as Deputy Spokesman at the State Department and Director of the State Department Press Office; United States Consul General in Vancouver; and Deputy Director of the State Department’s Operations Center.
Ambassador Johnson has also worked in the Department of State on European security issues and as desk officer for Berlin, Austria, and Switzerland; an economic officer at the US Embassy in Berlin; and a vice consul at the US Consulate General in Ciudad Juarez. He earned a B.A. in economics from Emory University in 1976 and attended Canada’s National Defense College in 1989-1990.