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The Honorable Marie Johns

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Profession

Category:
CivicMakers
Occupation(s):
Community Leader

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Black
Favorite Food:
Popcorn, Chocolate
Favorite Time of Year:
Fall, Spring
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Anywhere
Favorite Quote:
I Can Do All Things Through Christ that Strengthens Me.

Birthplace

Born:
8/19/1951
Birth Location:
Indianapolis, Indiana

Profession

Category:
CivicMakers
Occupation(s):
Community Leader

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Black
Favorite Food:
Popcorn, Chocolate
Favorite Time of Year:
Fall, Spring
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Anywhere
Favorite Quote:
I Can Do All Things Through Christ that Strengthens Me.

Birthplace

Born:
8/19/1951
Birth Location:
Indianapolis
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Biography

State representative, telecommunications chief executive and the deputy administrator of the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA), Hon. Marie Annette Collins Johns was born in Indianapolis, Indiana on August 19, 1951. Johns grew up with her parents, Freida Delight Casey Collins and Richard D. Collins, a retired police lieutenant, in an urban Indianapolis African American community. She attended Grandview Elementary School. Upon entry into North Central High School, and in order to be afforded more competitive and challenging educational opportunities, the family relocated to the suburbs. Johns excelled in high school, and went on to attend Indiana University. She earned a B.S. degree in urban studies and public policy analysis in 1979 and an M.S. degree in management, public policy analysis & budgeting at Indiana University. She also attended post-graduate courses at Harvard University and the University of Virginia, studying federal regulatory policy and financial management respectively.

Johns began her career as a fiscal analyst in the Indiana Legislative Services Agency. From there, she was hired as the staff supervisor for Bell Atlantic Network Services in Arlington, Virginia. She then became FCC Director at Bell Atlantic Corporation articulating and defending Bell Atlantic's interests with telecommunications industry organizations. She continued working in assignments showing increased skills and responsibility with C & P Telephone Co. and Bell Atlantic. In April of 1998, she was named president and CEO of Bell Atlantic and then served as president of Verizon, Washington, D.C. until February 2004.

Johns has participated in a wide range of organizations that support education and youth. During her tenure as president, she was instrumental in the effort to obtain a $10 million grant for the D.C. Public Schools. She assisted with the development of DC Reads, a literacy coalition that provides support to programs that offer leadership, training and development. In addition, she spearheaded a Verizon-sponsored program called SEEDS, that trained out-of-school youth for jobs in the information technology industry. Johns was the Director for a non-profit that provided funding for every public school and library in Washington, D.C. for high-speed connections and local area networks. Johns provided leadership in the formation of the Washington D.C. Technology Council and the Georgia Avenue Business Resource Center. She was a mayoral appointee to the National Capital Revitalization Corporation. Johns is seated on many boards, including a trustee of Howard University. Johns has been the recipient of over 100 awards for her business and civic leadership. She was named by the Washingtonian Magazine as one of the 100 Most Powerful Women in 1999 and 2001, and as one of the Twenty-five Most Influential Black Women in Business by the Network Journal in April, 2003. She and her husband, Wendell, have a son, Richard.

Hon. Marie Annette Collins Johns was interviewed by The HistoryMakers on March 3, 2004.

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  • Tape: 1 Story: 1 - Slating of The Honorable Marie Johns' interview
  • Tape: 1 Story: 2 - The Honorable Marie Johns lists her favorites
  • Tape: 1 Story: 3 - The Honorable Marie Johns describes her maternal family background and her mother's personality
  • Tape: 1 Story: 4 - The Honorable Marie Johns talks about her paternal grandparents and her father
  • Tape: 1 Story: 5 - The Honorable Marie Johns describes Indianapolis, Indiana in the 1950s
  • Tape: 1 Story: 6 - The Honorable Marie Johns talks about family trips to Chicago, Illinois and Cincinnati, Ohio
  • Tape: 1 Story: 7 - The Honorable Marie Johns addresses her lack of knowledge about her family history
  • Tape: 1 Story: 8 - The Honorable Marie Johns talks about the history of segregation in the public schools in Indianapolis, Indiana
  • Tape: 1 Story: 9 - The Honorable Marie Johns explains how economic segregation affects the social cohesion of the African American community
  • Tape: 1 Story: 10 - The Honorable Marie Johns lists her siblings
  • Tape: 1 Story: 11 - The Honorable Marie Johns talks about her childhood homes in Indianapolis, Indiana
  • Tape: 2 Story: 1 - The Honorable Marie Johns remembers field trips to an Indiana state park in junior high school
  • Tape: 2 Story: 2 - The Honorable Marie Johns talks about attending church as a child
  • Tape: 2 Story: 3 - The Honorable Marie Johns describes the sights, sounds and smells of her childhood in Indianapolis, Indiana
  • Tape: 2 Story: 4 - The Honorable Marie Johns talks about her experience at North Central High School in Indianapolis, Indiana
  • Tape: 2 Story: 5 - The Honorable Marie Johns describes feeling excluded from extracurricular activities at North Central High School in Indianapolis, Indiana
  • Tape: 2 Story: 6 - The Honorable Marie Johns talks about the early years of her marriage
  • Tape: 2 Story: 7 - The Honorable Marie Johns outlines her early career path
  • Tape: 2 Story: 8 - The Honorable Marie Johns talks about her decision to marry young, pt. 1
  • Tape: 2 Story: 9 - The Honorable Marie Johns describes the culture of Indiana University in Bloomington, Indiana during the late 1960s and 1970s
  • Tape: 2 Story: 10 - The Honorable Marie Johns explains the decision to move to Bethesda, Maryland in 1984
  • Tape: 3 Story: 1 - The Honorable Marie Johns talks about her decision to marry young, pt. 2
  • Tape: 3 Story: 2 - The Honorable Marie Johns describes the origins of her interest in public sector work
  • Tape: 3 Story: 3 - The Honorable Marie Johns talks about her work at Indiana Bell
  • Tape: 3 Story: 4 - The Honorable Marie Johns shares her views on mentorship
  • Tape: 3 Story: 5 - The Honorable Marie Johns describes an experience of workplace discrimination at Bell Atlantic, pt. 1
  • Tape: 3 Story: 6 - The Honorable Marie Johns describes an experience of workplace discrimination at Bell Atlantic, pt. 2
  • Tape: 3 Story: 7 - The Honorable Marie Johns defines "glass ceiling"
  • Tape: 3 Story: 8 - The Honorable Marie Johns describes her strategy for professional advancement
  • Tape: 3 Story: 9 - The Honorable Marie Johns talks about working for the General Services Administration in 1987
  • Tape: 4 Story: 1 - The Honorable Marie Johns describes her familial role models
  • Tape: 4 Story: 2 - The Honorable Marie Johns describes her professional role models
  • Tape: 4 Story: 3 - The Honorable Marie Johns describes her relationships with friends and her husband
  • Tape: 4 Story: 4 - The Honorable Marie Johns shares her advice for future businesswomen
  • Tape: 4 Story: 5 - The Honorable Marie Johns describes education and economic development initiatives she pioneered as president/CEO of Verizon Washington, D.C.
  • Tape: 4 Story: 6 - The Honorable Marie Johns talks about her plans for the future
  • Tape: 4 Story: 7 - The Honorable Marie Johns considers how the Civil Rights Movement created professional opportunities for African Americans in business
  • Tape: 4 Story: 8 - The Honorable Marie Johns describes how she would like to be remembered
  • Tape: 4 Story: 9 - The Honorable Marie Johns explains the importance of history for the African American community
  • Tape: 4 Story: 10 - The Honorable Marie Johns reflects upon her legacy
  • Tape: 5 Story: 1 - The Honorable Marie Johns narrates her photographs