Posted: June 6th, 2017 | By: Caitlin Herlihy
Virginia Johnson (JD ‘85) was recently appointed Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary of the U.S. Office of Fish, Wildlife and Parks.
The Department of the Interior welcomed 19 staff members to spearhead the department throughout the Trump Administration. Newly-appointed positions include Chief of Staff to the Secretary, Associate Deputy Secretary, Principal Deputy Solicitor and two Principal Deputy Assistant Secretaries.
The original story “Dept. of Interior announces 19 new hires” was published in the Samoa News on June 4, 2017. An excerpt from the article is posted below.
WASHINGTON – The Department of the Interior has added 19 staffers to lead and assist the Department during the Trump administration. Hires include key positions including the Chief of Staff to the Secretary, Associate Deputy Secretary, Principal Deputy Solicitor, and two Principal Deputy Assistant Secretaries among others.
“I’m incredibly honored to have so many experienced, capable and energetic individuals on the team at Interior,” said Secretary Ryan Zinke. “Whether on a football team, SEAL team, or the Department of the Interior team, I’ve always said, everyone’s job is just as mission-critical as my own in order for the team to operate at its full potential. Together we will work toward modernizing the department and delivering better services and experiences to the taxpayer while cutting costs and protecting our most treasured places. I’m excited to continue the work we’ve already started.”
Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary Virginia Johnson is an attorney with more than 30 years of experience including private practice, nonprofit and public service. She has most recently served as Director of Federal Relations for North Carolina Governor Pat McCrory. She has served as a Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense, Executive Director of the American Red Cross National Headquarters, and Counsel to the House Armed Services Committee, the House Natural Resources Committee and the House Ethics Committee. Ms. Johnson earned a Bachelor of Arts from Duke University, graduating cum laude, and a Juris Doctor from Wake Forest University School of Law.