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Marie C. Johns

Marie C. Johns

Practice Areas:


  • Indiana University, School of Public and Environmental Affairs, Bachelor of Science, 1979
  • Indiana University, School of Public and Environmental Affairs, Masters in Public Affairs, 1981

Prior Employment:

  • Deputy Administrator, Small Business Administration, 2009-2013
  • President and CEO, Verizon Washington DC, 2000 – 2004
  • President and CEO, Bell Atlantic – Washington DC, Inc., 1998 – 2000


  • Trustee, Howard University
  • Chair, Board of Visitors, Howard University Divinity School
  • Director, Hager Sharp, Inc.
  • Director, City First Bank of D.C.
  • Advisory Board Member, Enlightened, Inc.
  • U.S. Department of Energy- Secretary’s Ambassador’s Program
  • Women’s Advisory Board Member & Camp CEO participant – Girl Scouts of the National Capital Area
  • Founding Chair – Washington, DC Technology Council
  • Past Chair – DC Chamber of Commerce
  • Past Chair – Leadership Greater Washington
  • Past Chair – YMCA National Capital Region
  • Past Executive Committee Member – Greater Washington Board of Trade
  • Past Executive Committee Member – Federal City Council
  • Past Executive Committee Member –Economic Club of Washington
  • Past Chair – Howard University Middle School of Mathematics and Science
  • Past Chair – Council for Court Excellence
  • Past Member – Mid Atlantic Permanente Medical Group of Kaiser Permanente
  • Past Board Member – Girl Scouts of the US

The Honorable Marie C. Johns is the managing member of the firm. She has been a leader in business, civic and government service for more than 30 years.

Throughout her career, she has focused her community service in the areas of education and economic development. She has held senior positions in the telecommunications industry, including retiring as President of Verizon Washington. In that position, she was responsible for over 1800 employees and nearly 800,000 customers. Under her leadership, the company developed and implemented a regulatory plan that served as a model for the corporation. She is highly regarded for her corporate citizenship. One of her on-going efforts to leverage corporate resources for greater community good was the SEEDS program (Students Educated for Economic Development Success). It allowed drop outs to complete their high school requirements and receive technical training for jobs in the telecommunications industry. Over 200 students were employed as a result.

In 2009, Marie was nominated by President Barack Obama to serve as Deputy Administrator of the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA). Following her Senate confirmation, she was responsible for management of the nearly $1 billion agency and development of SBA programs and policies, including leading the effort to implement the more than 60 provisions of the Small Business Jobs Act of 2010. She created the SBA’s Council on Underserved Communities and her initiatives at the agency resulted in lending more than $30 billion to over 60,000 small businesses, a record in SBA history. She had the privilege of serving as the initial chair of the President’s Interagency Task Force on Veterans Small Business Development. She was also the force behind “Start Young,” a SBA/Department of Labor initiative that provides entrepreneurial training to Job Corps students and encourages them to use their technical skills to start a business.

Currently Marie serves as Managing Member of Leftwich, LLC in addition to maintaining her role as Founder and President of L&L Consulting, a business development, organizational effectiveness and public policy consulting practice. As a leader in the Washington, D.C. business community, she is recognized nationally as a champion for small businesses. She is a member of the Greater Washington Business Hall of Fame and one of Washingtonian Magazine’s “100 Most Powerful Women.” In addition to being founding chair of the Washington DC Technology Council, she has served as a board member, president or chair of the DC Chamber of Commerce, the Federal City Council, the Greater Washington Board of Trade, the Economic Club of Washington, Leadership Greater Washington, and the International Women’s Forum of Washington DC.

Over the years, Marie has advised many small businesses in the Greater Washington area. She has also served as a director of WLR Foods, Kaiser Permanente of the Mid-Atlantic Region and Harvest Bank of Maryland.

She is a member of the Board of Trustees of Howard University, serves as Chair of the Academic Excellence committee, and was the first chair of the Howard University Middle School of Mathematics and Science, a public charter school committed to academic excellence and preparing middle school students in the STEM disciplines. She has served on the board of Howard University Hospital, and on the national board of Girl Scouts USA. Currently, Marie serves as an Ambassador for the Department of Energy’s “Minorities in Energy” initiative launched by Secretary Ernest Moniz. Additionally, Marie serves on the Dean’s Council of the School of Public and Environmental Affairs at Indiana University, the Federal City Council and she is a Director of City First Bank of D.C. and Hager Sharp.

She is the recipient of over 100 awards for her community service, including the National Coalition of 100 Black Women, “Trailblazer in Business” Award; the National Journal, 25 Influential Black Women in Business Award; the D.C. Chamber of Commerce, Women Leadership Award; the Greater Washington Board of Trade, Leader of the Year Award and the Washington Women of Excellence Business Leadership Award. Marie was appointed by Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton to serve on the Federal Law Enforcement Nominating Commission and she is a recent inductee into the Washington DC Hall of Fame.

Her Bachelor of Science and Master of Public Administration degrees are from the School of Public and Environmental Affairs, Indiana University, where she later served as a board member for the Tobias Center for Leadership Excellence. She also was awarded honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters degrees from Trinity University (Washington, D.C.), the University of the District of Columbia and Howard University. Marie is an active member of Metropolitan African Methodist Episcopal Church, where she serves on the Senior Board of Stewards.