Dr. Willene A. Johnson serves as a consultant on issues related to finance and development. Her current assignments include courses at the Africa Center for Strategic Studies aimed at strengthening governance capacity in African countries. Dr. Johnson was previously the U.S. Executive Director at the African Development Bank and a member of the UN Committee for Development Policy. Her experience with international economics and finance began with research and operational responsibilities during twenty years in the Federal Reserve System. She has been President of the National Economic Association (NEA) and holds degrees in social studies (Radcliffe College, Harvard University) and African history (St. John’s University) and a doctorate in economics (Columbia University).