James "J.J." Johnson Jr. Appointed to Reading Is Fundamental's Board of Directors
WASHINGTON, September 17, 2009—Reading Is Fundamental, Inc. (RIF), the nation's oldest and largest children and families' literacy organization, appointed James "J.J." Johnson Jr. to its board of directors.
Johnson is executive vice president, Government Relations and Public Policy for Fidelity Investments, the largest mutual fund company in the United States, the No. 1 provider of workplace retirement savings plans and a leading online brokerage firm. He joined Fidelity in September 2008, and is a member of the firm's Executive Committee, and works in close coordination with the senior executive team.
"RIF is honored to have Johnson join our Board of Directors," said Carol H. Rasco, RIF president and CEO. "His experience in public policy advocacy and government relations will be extremely valuable to furthering RIF's mission to motivate young children to read and to make reading a beneficial a part of everyday life."
Prior to joining Fidelity, Johnson was senior vice president, Human Resources and Government Relations for the NASDAQ Stock Market beginning in 2003, where he advocated public policy positions to advance the market's current business objectives. From 1998 to 2003, Johnson was vice president, Congressional Affairs and director, Federal Legislative Strategy for AT&T Federal Government Affairs, where he represented AT&T before Congress and other policymakers to shape telecommunications policy. He also served as an associate in the public law and policy section of Akin, Gump, Strauss, Hauer & Feld, LLP from 1991 to 1998, and deputy director of Congressional Affairs for the Dole for President 1996 campaign.
Mr. Johnson received his bachelor of arts in public policy studies from Duke University and his juris doctor from Georgetown University Law Center. He is a member of the Maryland and District of Columbia Bars, and the American Council on Germany.
Reading Is Fundamental, Inc. (RIF), founded in 1966, motivates children to read by working with them, their parents, and community members to make reading a fun and beneficial part of everyday life. RIF's highest priority is reaching underserved children from birth to age 8. Through community volunteers in every state and U.S. territory, RIF provides 4.5 million children with 16 million new, free books and literacy resources each year. For more information, and to access reading resources, visit RIF's website at www.RIF.org.
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