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Director, Office of Policy

kalonji johnson

Kalonji Johnson was appointed Director of Policy for the Department of State on July 17, 2017.
 
In his role as Policy Director, Kalonji manages the Department's policy and regulatory development process in coordination with the Governor's Office of Policy.  He will provide research, analysis and recommendations on key departmental issues that impact the program areas of charities and corporations, elections, and professional licensure.
 
Kalonji previously served as Deputy Policy Director, supporting the Bureau of Professional and Occupations Affairs (BPOA) with legislative and regulatory policy analysis related to its 29 licensing boards and commissions. He also evaluated emerging policy issues for the Department, including reducing barriers to licensure for citizens with criminal histories and improving the Department’s language accessibility for Limited English Proficiency populations.  He also collaborated with other state agencies on important issues such as the implementation of the medical marijuana program, and ensuring access to autism-related services for children in the Commonwealth, as well as internal collaborations that involved issues such as the status of minor political parties in the Commonwealth, remote notarization, and the regulation of online charitable solicitations. 
 
Prior to joining the Department in 2015, Kalonji worked in the Pennsylvania Senate, first as Legislative Counsel and Chief of Staff to Senator Leanna Washington of the 4th District, comprising Montgomery and Philadelphia Counties, and subsequently as Legislative Counsel to Senator Shirley Kitchen (ret.) for the 3rd District in Philadelphia County.  
 
Kalonji holds a Juris Doctor degree from Villanova University School of Law and Bachelor of Arts degrees in Marketing and Strategic Management from Temple University, Fox School of Business.
  
Kalonji resides in Susquehanna Township with his wife, Renea, and their three sons.