ABOUT JEFF JOHNSON
Jeff is an Austin native and third-generation University of Texas Longhorn. He has been married to his wife Leslie for 23 years and together they love parenting their 15-year-old son and 13-year-old daughter. They moved to Leander in 2009 and have been “happy customers” of Leander ISD ever since. The care and support shown by the staff of the Pleasant Hill Elementary special needs department was truly life-changing for their daughter. One of the main factors leading Jeff to run for the School Board is a desire to see future generations of children have access to the same excellent instruction and care that his children have experienced over the last decade.
After graduation from the Honors Business Program at UT, Jeff spent his career working in faith-based nonprofits in North Carolina, South Carolina, and Texas. Over the past 6 years Jeff has worked locally for Austin Bridge Builders Alliance, an organization that connects leaders from the civic, marketplace, faith, and nonprofit sectors. Jeff’s passion and work has been to help seemingly diverse people and organizations discover where they align so that they can work together to create new, sustainable solutions to long-term issues.
The systemic problem of 3rd grade literacy is one long-term issue Jeff has addressed from the ground up. As a member of the Education Connection core team for four years, Jeff helped build the Literacy Partner program, which pairs volunteers with young students to improve their reading skills and develop 1 on 1 relationships. Research has shown that literacy by the 3rd grade is key for academic success and lowering drop-out rates. From its humble beginnings, with 45 volunteers reading with students in one school, the program grew in ten years to more than 1,200 Literacy Partners reading in 93 schools in 11 school districts around Central Texas.