Jeh Charles Johnson
Partner, Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP
Jeh Johnson is the former U.S. Secretary of Homeland Security. He served in that position from December 2013 to January 2017. Following that, Johnson has returned to private law practice at Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison, LLP. Johnson has been affiliated with Paul, Weiss on and off since 1984, and became the firm’s first African American partner in 1994. Johnson is also currently on the board of directors of PG&E Corporation, the large public utility headquartered in San Francisco, and a nonresident Senior Fellow at the Harvard Kennedy School.
Secretary Johnson’s career has been a mixture of public service and private
corporate law practice; he has served in three presidentially appointed Senate-confirmed positions. As Secretary of Homeland Security, Johnson was the head of the third largest cabinet department of the U.S. government, consisting of 230,000 personnel and 22 components, including TSA, Customs and Border Protection, Immigration and Customs
Services, U.S Citizenship and Immigration Services, the Coast Guard, the Secret Service, and FEMA. Johnson's responsibilities as Secretary included counterterrorism, cybersecurity, aviation security, border security, port security, maritime security, protection of our national leaders, the detection of chemical, biological and nuclearthreats to the homeland, and response to natural disasters.
In three years as Secretary of DHS, Johnson is credited with management reform of the Department which brought about a more centralized approach to decision-making in the areas of budgets, acquisition and overall policy. Johnson also raised employee morale across the Department. In October 2016, Johnson and the Director of National
Intelligence issued the statement of the U.S. government publicly accusing the Russian government of attempting to interfere with the U.S. election.
Prior to becoming Secretary of Homeland Security, Johnson was General Counsel of the Department of Defense (2009-2012).