Broderick Johnson is a founding partner of the recently established firm, The Collins/Johnson Group, specializing in providing strategic policy and communications advice to corporations and nonprofits. Johnson was most recently a partner at Bryan Cave, the international law firm, where he headed the public policy and government affairs group, and served on the firm's executive committee. He was an informal advisor to the Obama presidential campaign in 2008 and was the senior congressional affairs advisor to the Kerry campaign in 2004. He previously served as the primary liaison to the House of Representatives in the Clinton White House.
Johnson started his career in the House of Representatives drafting landmark legislation including the Family and Medical Leave Act and the Immigration Reform and Control Act of 1986. He later served as chief counsel to the House Committee on the District of Columbia, and as Democratic chief counsel to the House Committee on Education and the Workforce. He was previously vice president for government relations at AT&T and Bell South. He has served as a board director of philanthropic and academic groups, including Concerned Black Men, Project Northstar, the Center for American Progress Action Fund, and the Alumni Association of the University of Michigan. Johnson has a degree in philosophy from the College of the Holy Cross and a law degree from the University of Michigan, where he has lectured on public policy and government relations.