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Jason Johnson is the deputy director of the Seattle Human Services Department, overseeing the city's $130 million annual investment in 200 agencies that support the city's most vulnerable residents and leading system transformation efforts to move Seattle's efforts to end homelessness through a performance- and data-based procurement and contracting process. He also leads Seattle’s partnership with the United States Interagency Council on Homelessness, which combats homelessness in cities along the West Coast.

Before coming to Seattle, Johnson managed housing and human services for the city of Kent, Wash. A licensed social worker, he has a long tenure in the nonprofit sector managing housing programs for seniors, families and people living with terminal illness or permanent disabilities.

October 12, 2017

How Better Procurement Can Drive Better Outcomes for Cities

It's a mistake to view it as just a back-office bureaucracy. As Seattle is demonstrating, reforming it can help improve lives.