Calvin Johnson (PhD, Criminology and Criminal Justice, University of Maryland) is deputy assistant secretary for research, evaluation and monitoring within HUD’s Office of Policy Development and Research. He serves as one of the principal advisors to the department’s leadership on research, demonstration, and evaluation activities conducted on behalf of the department. Dr. Johnson oversees a broad evaluation portfolio to include projects exploring the impact of housing on non-housing outcomes – economic self-sufficiency, health and wellness, and educational achievement. His portfolio also includes demonstrations, evaluations, and research covering a range of topics including housing discrimination, homelessness, aging in place, disaster resilience/recovery, community planning and development, and building science and technology.
Prior to joining HUD, Dr. Johnson served dual roles as associate director of the office of research and evaluation and the performance improvement officer at the Court Services and Offender Supervision Agency for the District of Columbia (CSOSA). While at CSOSA, he was principal advisor to the director and technical and program advisor to the Criminal Justice Coordinating Council’s federal stakeholders. In his advisory role with the CJCC, he was responsible for managing a team of technical staff in delivering enterprise support for offender reentry program design and evaluation, operations research, performance management, and advance analytics. Dr. Johnson has also served in research, evaluation, and policy positions at the University of Pennsylvania, the Urban Institute, and with the Executive Office of the Mayor of the District of Columbia. Dr. Johnson co-facilitated the discussion of the “Implementation Lessons” presentation at Lessons Learned from SSA Demonstrations: A State of the Science Meeting.