Chief of Administration
Grindly Johnson is the Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) Chief of Administration and leads the agency’s divisions of Civil Rights, Human Resources, Public Affairs, Administrative Services, Safety and Performance Management and the agency's Learning Center.
Since joining VDOT, Johnson helped VDOT launch the Wounded Veterans Internship Program, a first-of-its-kind program that provides military veterans wounded in the line of duty an opportunity to gain experience and new skills in a hands-on work environment. The program was recognized by the Federal Highway Administration with its Strive For Excellence Team Award.
Johnson also spearheaded the development of the commonwealth’s first Business Opportunity and Workforce Development (BOWD) Center to provide disadvantaged business enterprise firms the tools and knowledge they need to be more competitive when vying for federal-aided contracts. VDOT’s BOWD Center is one of only 15 in the nation.
Prior to joining VDOT, Johnson served as principal for PERCEPTION, a consulting company that helped organizations successfully initiate and sustain dialogue with local communities through ethical and social strategies. She also held various positions at Siemens in community and public relations, human resources and accounting.
Johnson holds her bachelor’s degree in accounting from Norfolk State University. She has received many community awards and recognitions, including the Community Star for Girls Inc., the fellow for the Sorenson Institute of Political Leadership, and the fellow for the American Swiss Young Leaders.