As the Director of Development, Erin Johnson leads the development department’s vision and goals for fostering relationships with individuals, foundations and corporations to advance the mission of Hire Heroes USA. “I am a 10 year Navy veteran, and current Navy spouse. I struggled during my own transition from the military, so the Hire Heroes USA mission is personal to me. It is my honor to continue serving America’s veterans by empowering them to succeed in the civilian workforce.”
Ms. Johnson graduated from the University of San Diego with a Bachelor of Arts in International Relations, and was immediately commissioned as an Ensign in the United States Navy. Ms. Johnson served as the Ordnance Officer onboard USS San Jacinto (CG-56) in Norfolk, VA, and the Assistant Training and Readiness Officer for Commander, Destroyer Squadron 31 in Pearl Harbor, HI. While deployed to the Arabian Gulf in 2005 onboard USS Carl Vinson (CVN-70) in support of Operation Enduring Freedom, Ms. Johnson qualified as Surface Tactical Action Officer, responsible for ensuring safe navigation of all NATO surface assets.
After an unexpected cancer diagnosis cut her military career short, Ms. Johnson was medically retired in 2012. She served as a Programs Manager at USO, Inc. before joining the Hire Heroes USA team as a manager of Marketing & Development, where she was responsible for donor stewardship and corporate account management.
Ms. Johnson, a Seattle native, currently resides in the Washington DC area with her husband, a Naval Officer stationed at the Pentagon.