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50 Most Infrastructure: William M. Johnson Ft. Worth Director of Transportation and Public Works

William M. Johnson is one of the most experienced African-American infrastructure professionals in local government as director of transportation and public works for Ft. Worth, with nearly one million population. He is among the first annual 50 Most Important African-Americans in Infrastructure as a demonstration of the many career paths from a geological engineering background.

As director of transportation and public works for Ft. Worth, he manages an operating budget of $400 million and capital budgets in excess of $900 million with responsibility for water, storm water, traffic, civil, capital project and construction divisions.

His signature accomplishments include SMART Technology Vision, and establishing policies to regulate wireless telecom franchisees, on-street parking, utility cuts, automated traffic enforcement, Right of Way, City-wide towing, and multiple internal controls.

Johnson provided targeted equity investments into under privileged communities including enhanced WIFI access forchildren performing remote learning during COVID, while accelerating the progress of capital programs.

For Atlanta, he was deputy chief operating officer and public works commissioner from 2016 to 2018, where he managed the response to the I-85 bridge collapse and implemented SMART streeet lighting and traffic signals.

In Baltimore, he was director of transportation from 2013 to 2016, managing 5,000 miles of roads as well as snow and other weather emergencies.

Philadelphia selected him as streets commissioner from 2000 to 2003, leading more than 2,300 employees.

His private industry experience includes opening the state of the art Sony Metreon, a 380,000 sq. ft. retail and entertainment facility adjacent to the Moscone Convention Center in San Francisco as director of operations. Johnson was also general manager of Waste Management in Oakland from 1991 to 1998 in charge of 600 employees with $100 million annual revenue.

In the past 50 years, the infrastructure of African-American communities has atrophied, leading to a myriad of other problems in health, employment and education. HBCUs have an accumulated maintainence backlog of $14 billion. Traditionally, our communities have not been decisionmakers on infrastructure investments. The initial 50 Most Important African-Americans in Infrastructure identifies the policy makers and experts who can provide transparency and vision towards a future of prosperity for Black neighborhoods. Join the selectees for Innovation&Equity21 along with the 50 Most Important African-Americans in Technology and the BlackBio100 to chart that new path.

Innovation&Equity21: 50 Most Important African-Americans in Technology January 15, 2022

Innovation&Equity21: 50 Most Important African-Americans in Technology spotlights the Roy L. Clay Sr. Technology Pinnacle Award winners, Gen. C.Q. Brown, Chief of Staff of the U.S. Air Force; and Shawnzia Thomas, Executive Director of the Georgia Technology Authority and State Chief Information Officer as we tackle Breaking the Billion Dollar Barrier. See the full list of the 50 Most Important in the special edition of the Journal of Black Innovation with upcoming issues to include the BlackBio100; the 50 Most Important African-Americans in Infrastructure and the Top 100 African Technologists. Your registration includes a membership in the august Dr. T. Nathaniel Burbridge Center for Inclusive Innovation and a yearly subscription to the Journal of Black Innovation.