Lecester Johnson

CEO
Academy of Hope

Lecester Johnson is the Chief Executive Officer of Academy of Hope Adult Public Charter School, an adult education provider in Washington, DC. Founded in 1985, Academy of Hope’s mission is to provide high-quality education and services that change lives and improve communities. Academy of Hope serves over 500 adult learners a year.

Ms. Johnson joined Academy of Hope in 2006. Prior to joining Academy of Hope, she developed and led successful education and workforce development programs serving individuals facing significant barriers to economic opportunities. During her time at Academy of Hope, the organization has grown to two locations, transitioned to an adult public charter school and doubled the number individuals earning a high school credential. A long time, passionate, advocate for quality adult education and workforce development services, Ms. Johnson is a founding board member of the Workplace DC and The DC Adult and Family Literacy Coalition. Ms. Johnson holds a Masters and an Education Specialist degree in Transition Special Education from The George Washington University. She is also a Certified Vocational Evaluator (CVE). Ms. Johnson has received numerous awards and honors, including the Georgetown University’s 2014 John Thompson Jr. Legacy of a Dream Award, 2015 Amtrak Pioneer Award and the 2011 Meyer Exponent Award.

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