Clarence A. Johnson

Director, DMOC

Clarence A. Johnson, a member of the Senior Executive Service, is Director, Diversity Management Operations Center, Defense Human Resources Activity, Office of the Under Secretary of Defense for Personnel and Readiness (USD(P&R)), Washington, D.C. He is responsible for operationalizing diversity management and equal opportunity policies and programs affecting 1.3 million active duty military personnel, 800 thousand Reserve Component personnel, and over 700 thousand civilians within the Department of Defense (DoD). He provides supervision, direction and oversees the Defense Equal Opportunity Management Institute (DEOMI) at Patrick Space Force Base, Florida, which is the premiere DoD school in equal employment opportunity training, education and research; the Investigations Resolutions Directorate (IRD); the Disability Programs Directorate (DPD); the Diversity and Inclusion (D&I) Directorate; the Defense Advisory Committee on Women in the Services (DACOWITS); the Defense Advisory Committee on Diversity and Inclusion (DACODAI); and the Special Emphasis Program Management/Equal Employment Opportunity (SEPM/EEO) Directorate.

Mr. Johnson joined the Senior Executive Service in February 2003, as the Principal Director and Director, Civilian Equal Employment Opportunity (Policy), Office of the Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense (Equal Opportunity). His duties in that office were transformed when he was made Director, Office of Diversity Management and Equal Opportunity (Policy) (ODMEO), USD(P&R), a position he held until September 2018.

Since February 2003, Mr. Johnson has also served in a variety of special assignments. In January 2009, Mr. Johnson led the effort to establish a permanent organization to oversee policies that ensure support for wounded, ill and injured service members, veterans and their families. This organization, the Executive Secretariat within the Office of Strategic Planning and Performance Management, served as the key forcing function for integrating DoD and Department of Veterans Affairs activities.

Mr. Johnson also served as the Acting Deputy Under Secretary of Defense for Plans from May 2009 to February 2010, and from May 2010 to July 2010, while the Department awaited appointment of political leadership to USD(P&R). In this role, he provided leadership and oversight of all functions within this organization to include the Executive Secretariat, the Defense Language Office, the Sexual Assault Prevention and Response Office, the Office of Diversity Management and Equal Opportunity, the National Security Education Program Office, and the Defense Advisory Committee on Women in the Services.

In October 2010, Mr. Johnson served as the Special Assistant to the Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Army for Diversity and Leadership, to assist the Army in implementing a robust diversity strategy. He stood up and served as the Director of the Diversity and Equal Employment Opportunity Policy and Programs Division until his return in February 2012 to his position as Director, ODMEO.

Prior to becoming a civil servant, Mr. Johnson was a commissioned officer in the United States Air Force. As an active duty colonel, he served as Director, Military Equal Opportunity (Policy) within in the Office of the Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Equal Opportunity. In that capacity, he formulated and provided policy guidance to the military components regarding policies and programs which prescribe, promote, coordinate, and enforce equal opportunity and treatment of active duty and Reserve Component military personnel; oversaw policy implementation and evaluated/monitored the performance of DoD component programs; and provided staff oversight for DEOMI.

Mr. Johnson entered active duty service as a C-141 navigator. In addition to global airlift and contingency operations, his tours of duty included the Military Airlift Command Plans staff, Air Staff Training, the U.S. Air Force Academy, the U.S Air Force Recruiting Service, Andrews AFB Protocol, and the Defense Courier Service. He was a squadron commander three times and a group commander twice. Additionally, he held positions of increasing responsibility at the headquarters and installation levels. His decorations include the Defense Superior Service Medal (with one Oak Leaf Cluster), the Legion of Merit, and the Defense Meritorious Service Medal (with three oak leaf clusters).

Mr. Johnson holds a Master’s Degree in Human Resource Management from Webster University, Missouri, and a Bachelor’s Degree in Biology from Tuskegee Institute, Alabama. Mr. Johnson is also a graduate of Air Command and Staff College, the Air War College, the National Security Management Course (National Defense University) and the Georgetown University Strategic Diversity and Inclusion Management Certificate Program.

He and his wife, Gloria, reside in Clinton, Maryland. They have three children and four grandchildren.