Ms. Johnson earned her Bachelor of Science (Pre-Med concentration in Chemistry) in 1975 from Hampton University, and her J.D. from the William & Mary Law School in 1984. Ms. Johnson began her professional career in 1976 at The Dow Chemical Company as an analytical chemist. After law school, Ms. Johnson was a member of a three-person legal department responsible for all legal matters at Dow's Texas operations. She was a partner with Wickliff & Hall, PC, a minority-owned law firm in Houston, Texas, for nine years and was an employment law partner with Paul Hastings LLP for 14 years. In 2016, she founded BLJohnsonLaw PLLC. She also serves as Counsel to the firm of Potter & Murdock LLC, and specializes in the representation of management in labor and employment matters ranging from civil rights discrimination to breaches of contract. She also represents companies before state and federal agencies and assists them with workplace investigations, compliance, and diversity and leadership programs. Ms. Johnson is a member of the Board of Trustees of the William & Mary Law School Foundation and served as its president (2014-2016) and vice president (2012-2014). She is Chairman of the Board of Governors for the Joint Center for Political and Economic Studies, Chair of the National Employment Law Council, and a member of the Counselors Council of the Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts. Ms. Johnson was appointed to the Board of Visitors in 2017. Currently, she serves as Chair of the Richard Bland College Committee, Vice Chair of the Committee on Audit, Risk and Compliance, and is a member of the Committee on Administration, Buildings and Grounds.