Clete Johnson Joins CSIS as a Non-Resident Senior Fellow
“Clete Johnson has played an influential leadership role in developing U.S. cybersecurity policy on Capitol Hill, in the regulatory arena, and in the executive branch,” said Dr. James A. Lewis, CSIS senior vice president. “His perspective is ideal to lead our Fellowship for Advanced Cyber Studies.”
Since 2006, Mr. Johnson has served in a wide variety of cybersecurity roles on Capitol Hill and the executive branch. Mr. Johnson was Secretary Penny Pritzker’s senior adviser for cybersecurity and technology at the U.S. Department of Commerce. Mr. Johnson was the Federal Communication Commission’s (FCC) first chief counsel for cybersecurity, where he helped define the FCC’s cybersecurity mission. Prior to the FCC, Mr. Johnson was Senator John D. Rockefeller IV’s designated counsel on the Senate Intelligence Committee. In this role, he was a leading staffer on Senate cybersecurity initiatives.
Mr. Johnson served as an officer in the U.S. Army with assignments in Europe and Korea. He is a graduate of the University of Georgia School of Law, where he was the editor-in-chief of the Georgia Journal of International and Comparative Law. Mr. Johnson received an MS in international relations from the London School of Economics, and a bachelor’s degree from Harvard University.