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Johnson, Ambassador Allen F.

'83 BS in Management
President & CEO, Allen F. Johnson & Associates

Over the last 25 years Ambassador Allen F. Johnson has served in leadership roles in political and policy areas on the local, state, national and international levels. He also has worked on and supported several Presidential, Senate, and House campaigns and candidates, as well as being active in several state level campaigns.

Johnson served as Ambassador and Chief Agriculture Negotiator for the United States at the Office of the United States Trade Representative (USTR) in the Executive Office of the President from April 2001 until September of 2005. He was a key architect and core player in advancing the most active trade agenda in U.S. history. Johnson worked closely with the Economic, Trade, Foreign and Agriculture Ministers in virtually every country of interest to the United States and was responsible for directing all U.S. agricultural negotiations including globally in the World Trade Organization (WTO), regionally in the Free Trade Area of the Americas (FTAA), and all bilateral free trade agreements with various countries. He closed free trade agreements (FTAs) with 12 countries on five continents.

“My career has gone between public service and the private sector since leaving Mason. The business school experience provided sound management and business and economic tools for my private sector experiences, and Mason’s proximity to Washington, D.C., helped provide me opportunities early on that would not have been available at other universities,” Johnson says about his Mason experience.