Johnson has a special affinity for the SEO Scholars program. He was architect of the modern version of SEO Scholars—and is working tirelessly to help SEO Scholars close the academic achievement gap. Before joining SEO, Johnson was Director of Development and Corporate Partnerships at the Institute of International Education, which administers global education and training programs including the Fulbright Program. He has held senior development positions at Teach for America, A Better Chance and the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund. Julian holds Masters Degrees in Developmental Psychology from Teachers College, Columbia University, and in Non-Profit Management from the New School. He presently serves on the board of trustees of the Institute of International Education.