Washington, DC – The District of Columbia Judicial Nomination Commission (JNC) has selected PPC-Leftwich CEO Marie Johns as its chair. In that role, Marie will provide leadership as the JNC screens, selects, and recommends candidates for the president of the United States to appoint to the Superior Court of the District of Columbia and the District of Columbia Court of Appeals. The JNC also appoints the chief judges for each court.
Marie has been a leader in business, civic, and government service sectors for more than 30 years. She has served as deputy administrator of the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA), responsible for management of the nearly $1 billion agency and development of SBA programs and policies, including leading the effort to implement the more than 60 provisions of the Small Business Jobs Act of 2010. She has also held senior positions in the telecommunications industry, including retiring as president of Verizon Washington. In that position, she was responsible for more than 1,800 employees and nearly 800,000 customers.
Marie has served on a variety of nonprofit and corporate boards. She currently serves as the lead independent director of City First Bank, the largest Black-led bank in the country. She also serves on the board of trustees for Howard University and the board of directors for the Federal City Council. She is a former chair of the boards for the DC Chamber of Commerce, the YMCA of Metropolitan Washington, and Leadership Greater Washington.
At PPC-Leftwich, Marie offers consulting services in areas such as strategic planning, regulatory and key stakeholder communications, and high-performance coaching. PPC-Leftwich’s clients include Fortune 500 companies, small to midsize businesses, government entities, nonprofits, associations, and educational institutions.
PPC-Leftwich LLC is a minority/woman-led firm with deep roots in Washington, DC. It continues the legacy of Willie Leftwich, the founder of what became a long-standing minority/woman-led firm in the nation's capital.
PPC-Leftwich is a wholly owned subsidiary of Parker Poe Adams & Bernstein LLP. The Parker Poe law firm has more than 275 lawyers in eight offices in North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia, and Washington, DC.