Director, DoD Policy for Affirmative Employment Programs
Mrs. Charmane Johnson has more than twenty years’ experience in leading-cutting edge Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) and Diversity programs. She currently serves on the Senior Staff of the Office of Secretary of Defense, Under Secretary of Defense for Personnel and Readiness, Office Diversity Management and Equal Opportunity. She is the Policy Director for DoD Affirmative Employment Programs for Women, Black, Asian American and Pacific Islanders, and Acting Policy Director for Hispanic and Native American Programs. In addition to her primary responsibilities, Mrs. Johnson leads strategic DoD-wide outreach initiatives to support women, minorities and individuals with disabilities. She directs DoD-wide Minority Serving Institutions programs and initiatives, primarily Historically Black Colleges and Universities, Tribal Colleges and Universities, Hispanic Serving Institutions and Asian American Native American Pacific Islander-Serving Institutions, to increase their self-sufficiency and success through DoD business and employment opportunities.
Mrs. Johnson advocates for opportunity, fairness and equity in DoD practices and policies across the department affecting women and minorities, aligning human talent development with key leadership and STEM positions. She informs and leads diversity and equal employment opportunity policy and initiatives impacting more than 715,000 civilian employees, more than 1.4 million active duty service members and 1.3 million reserve personnel in the U.S. and overseas. Mrs. Johnson is the DoD representative for the White House Council on Women and Girls. Mrs. Johnson serves as the OSD Personnel and Readiness representative for the development of DoD Women in Peace and Security policy and White House initiatives. Mrs. Johnson avidly leads DoD-wide empowerment programs and spearheads integration platforms for women and minorities.
Prior to joining DoD, Mrs. Johnson served in various Department of the Army leadership positions throughout the U.S. and overseas, to include Director for the Army-Wide Minority College Relations Program; Director of EEO, 6th Area Support Group, Stuttgart, Germany; and intern for Career Program 26, EEO. Mrs. Johnson served on the Army Review Board Agency for the Appeal of Military records. A 15-year alumni of the Army Management Staff College, she is also diversified as a Certified Mediator, Mentor, Speaker, and has completed PH.D coursework in Global Conflict Analysis and Resolution.