Ashley Johnson

Manager of Public Affairs

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Ashley Johnson joined Southwest Strategies as a Manager of Public Affairs after six years of working in the United States Congress and government affairs. She uses her policy, stakeholder outreach and public affairs experience to advise a variety of clients, including Walmart.

Prior to joining Southwest Strategies, Johnson was a senior-level policy advisor to the Chairman of the U.S. House Ways and Means Human Resources Subcommittee, which oversees the nation’s social welfare programs. As a Congressional aide, she advised the Congressman on subcommittee policy and set legislative priorities in the areas of energy, environment, housing, transportation, defense and foreign affairs. While working in Congress, Johnson also drafted legislation related to public lands, housing, veterans’ affairs and government reform and successfully secured hearings and House passage for a number of these initiatives.

On Capitol Hill, Johnson co-managed several bipartisan Congressional caucuses—including the Congressional Renewable Energy Caucus, Goods Movement Caucus, and National Parks Caucus. These caucuses served to build bipartisan consensus on policy issues and advance the legislative goals of caucus members and key stakeholders. She also oversaw the Congressman’s leadership in successfully securing robust funding for the Land and Wildlife Conservation Fund (LWCF) and the National Parks Service.

While working in the U.S. Congress, Johnson excelled at building and strengthening relationships across diverse groups and individuals, including Members of Congress, Administration officials, business leaders and local and national organizations. By identifying and initiating opportunities to work with key stakeholders, she was able to effectively advance legislative priorities and acquire widespread support from Members of Congress and private sector partners on these priorities. Her ability to build diverse relationships, develop and implement effective strategy, and tackle complex problems will be an asset to Southwest Strategies and its clients.

Earlier in her career, Ashley served for two years in the U.S. Senate working for a senior member of the Senate Appropriations Committee. In that role, she managed an aggressive constituent correspondence program in the areas of commerce, justice, science and transportation. She began her career in Washington, D.C. at a government relations firm immediately after graduating from Utah State University with degrees in political science and psychology.

In her free time, Johnson enjoys hiking and camping, going to concerts and spending time at the beach.

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