Alumni Changemakers: Eric Johnson

Leading Dallas Towards a Diverse and Thriving Future

To honor our 40 years, we're celebrating our most valuable resource - our alumni - through 40 profiles highlighting their leadership. Alumnus Eric Johnson completed the Junior Summer Institute at the University of California, Berkeley in 1997.

Eric embodies the values of integrity, effectiveness, and service. Born and raised in Dallas, Texas, he graduated Cum Laude with his A.B. in History from Harvard University. He then went on to receive his M.P.A. from Princeton University in International Relations and his J.D. from the University of Pennsylvania Law School, where Eric also served as the Associate Editor of The Journal of International Law.

Throughout his academic journey, he received numerous scholarships and awards. Most recently, he was awarded the Cahn Public Service Fellowship from Harvard University, where he received his Executive Education Certificate for Senior Executives in State and Local Government.

This commitment to public service has carried over into Eric’s professional career as well. He practiced law for nearly two decades at major firms such as Andrews Kurth LLP and Orrick, Harrington, and Sutcliffe LLP before winning election as the 60th Mayor of Dallas, Texas.

"I think Dallas is a very, very open city, a welcoming city, and a place where we reward hard working people who roll up their sleeves and jump in. Truly, Dallas is a city where the American Dream is still very much alive."

For more than nine years while practicing law, Eric remained committed to his state and to his city by serving as a State Representative for District 100 in the Texas House of Representatives. He currently holds leadership positions as a Board Member for Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport, as a Regent for Pepperdine University, and as a Partner at Locke Lord LLP. He is part of the United States Conference of Mayors’ leadership as both the Vice Chairman for Aviation and as an Advisory Board member. He is also a member of the Conference’s International Affairs Committee. Eric has served on several boards for nonprofits and community organizations. He has received numerous awards for his work.

"I have learned that we are best able to craft real solutions to such problems when we hear from those representing all walks of life."

As the 60th Mayor of Dallas, Eric is focused on uniting his city around an agenda that calls for improving core city services, prioritizing public safety, revitalizing neighborhoods, making the city more sustainable, boosting all modes of transportation, enhancing quality of life for families, and creating a culture of accountability and ethics.

Through his leadership and commitment to ethical government, Eric is working to restore faith in government-held positions and engage citizens in positive social change. Thank you, Eric, for your outstanding commitment to public service that you uphold each and every day! Because of your efforts, communities are thriving, Dallas is growing, and people are striving to reach their full potential.

Read more Changemaker profiles here!

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