Nina M. Johnson, LMSW, APTD
Public Service Assistant
Community Leadership Development

Current Position

Nina M. Johnson develops, delivers, and evaluates leadership development programming and trainings for communities, organizations, and individuals.

Current Activities and Expertise

Nina M. Johnson's expertise includes program start-up and development, training design and delivery, and administrative support. As a skilled communicator, Nina leads high quality leadership training programming within the Fanning Institute through the Community Leadership Program.

Utilizing her experience as a social worker, Nina connects with communities and clients with honor and respect to design and implement leadership initiatives that are reflective of the needs and capacity of the community . Much of Nina's work embodies vulnerability, hope, and authenticity. It is through the aforementioned experiences and leadership qualities Nina displays her ability to harness the power of human connection to accelerate leadership potential and social change.

Previous Experience

Nina M. Johnson has over 10 years experience providing direct and indirect services to children, adults, and families in diverse communities with diverse needs. Much of Nina's work includes learning and development program development and management for nonprofit and government municipalities as well as clinical interventions in child welfare settings.

Prior to joining the J.W. Fanning Institute for Leadership Development, Nina served with Neighbor to Family, Incorporated as a therapist for young people in foster care – later acquiring the role as the agency's Training Manager. In the role of Training Manager, Nina revitalized the agency's learning and development program resulting in an 80% increase in agency compliance. Nina also served as the Training Manager for the CHRIS 180 Training Institute, tackling several high visibility projects, implementing operational structure, along with developing and delivering learning content for a myriad of audiences.

Nina relocated to Washington D.C. in 2015 to serve as a Senior Trainer for Alteristic where she provided consultation, training, and curriculum development on research-informed, data-driven prevention strategies for universities, military installations, state coalitions, K-12 school personnel, and community agencies. Most recent, Nina joins Fanning Institute from DC Department of Employment Services (DOES), where she served as Program Manager and established the agency’s first Office of Training and Professional Development and developed a comprehensive agency specific professional development program.


  • 2002, B.A., Spelman College
  • 2004, M.S.W., The University of Georgia

Professional Organizations

  • Association for Talent Development (ATD)