About Theodore R. Johnson, III

Dr. Theodore R. Johnson is a public policy scholar and military veteran. He writes and speaks on issues of social justice, race, and politics, as well as cybersecurity and national security. He holds a Doctorate of Law and Policy and his research focused on African American political and voting behavior. He also has a Master’s degree from Harvard University and a Bachelor’s degree from Hampton University. He is a proud member of the Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc.

Public Policy Scholar & Practitioner

Theodore has more than 15 years of public policy experience in federal departments and agencies. He has conducted doctoral research focused on translating increased civic engagement into tangible policy outcomes, particularly for disenfranchised and subjugated communities. He’s an exceptional written and oral executive-level communicator with a proven ability to synthesize and convey complex issues to a variety of audiences, including Congressional testimony, media engagements, speeches, and op-eds in national newspapers. His work has appeared in the The Atlantic, The Washington Post, The Wall Street Journal, and a number of other publications writing primarily on issues of race relations, public policy, and current national news topics. He’s also appeared on MSNBC, CNN, and NPR talk radio discussing racial justice and public policy.

White House Fellow

In June 2011, Theodore was a recipient of the White House Fellowship, the nation’s most prestigious program for leadership and public service. As a White House Fellow, Theodore worked as the Cyber Advisor to the Deputy Secretary of the Department of Energy undertaking cybersecurity initiatives to secure the nation’s electric grid. Additionally, he had the privilege of meeting with the President, his senior advisors, and members of his Cabinet, among other government and private-sector leadership.

Naval Officer

Theodore honorably served as a naval officer for over 20 years. As a Commander in the United States Navy and cybersecurity expert, he has lived and traveled to every corner of the world, taken part in national security operations, and been part of international humanitarian assistance efforts following natural disasters. He has worked as a Speechwriter to the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, military aide to the Director of the National Security Agency, military professor at the Naval War College, and a number of assignments ashore, aboard ships, and in the Pentagon. His work has become official Navy publications and published in military journals. His research in Africa, South America, and Europe led to formulation of international engagement planning in use today by Navy units worldwide.