Rick Johnson is the Director of the Government and Healthcare practices at J.D. Power. He is responsible for the overall direction of the practices, including developing new products, partnering with clients on conducting actionable research and serving as a thought leader in the industry.

Prior to joining J.D. Power in 2014, Mr. Johnson served as a senior vice president at Lake Research Partners, where he conducted extensive research on the Affordable Care Act for various non-profit and corporate organizations. Previously, he worked at General Mills, where he served as an internal consultant for the company’s consumer insights unit, and for Synovate (now Ipsos). Earlier, he ran the healthcare division in the Midwest for the Gallup Organization.

Mr. Johnson serves on the faculty of the George Washington University Graduate School of Political Management as an adjunct professor, teaching courses in polling and qualitative research. He has spoken extensively on various healthcare topics to audiences such as the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, the Institute of Medicine and Cornell University.

Mr. Johnson received a bachelor’s degree in political science from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, where he was awarded Amnesty International’s Ralph Bunche Fellowship, recognized as one of the top 100 graduating students, and was a commencement speaker at his graduation ceremony. He attended the master’s degree program at the University of Chicago’s Harris School of Public Policy, and did additional graduate work as a Wilson Fellow at Princeton University’s Woodrow Wilson School.