Carole Johnson, Commissioner, New Jersey Department of Human Services

Carole Johnson is the Commissioner of the New Jersey Department of Human Services in Governor Phil Murphy's Administration. She leads New Jersey’s largest state agency, providing health care and social services to about one-in-five New Jerseyans. Under the Murphy Administration, Johnson's Human Services Department has expanded Medicaid coverage of opioid addiction treatment, made new investments in Affordable Care Act outreach and enrollment, substantially increased child care rates for the first time in a decade, and made SNAP food assistance more accessible for community college students.   

For more than five years, Johnson served in the Obama White House as senior health policy advisor and a member of the Domestic Policy Council health team. In the Obama Administration, she worked to increase health insurance coverage for millions of Americans through the Affordable Care Act, increase coverage of mental health and substance use disorder treatment, combat public health challenges like Ebola and Zika, and improve health and economic security for all Americans.

Johnson also served on Capitol Hill, working for the U.S. Senate Special Committee on Aging and for members of the U.S. Senate Finance Committee and U.S. House of Representatives Ways and Means Committee.   In addition, she managed health care workforce policy issues for the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and was policy director for the Alliance of Community Health Plans, program officer with the Pew Charitable Trusts health program, and senior government relations manager with the American Heart Association.

Carole Johnson