Kalonji Johnson was confirmed by the Senate as Commissioner of Professional and Occupational Affairs on June 9, 2020.
As Commissioner, Johnson is responsible for carrying out the statutory duties set forth in the Administrative Code and is responsible for directing the staff of the Bureau of Professional and Occupational Affairs charged with providing administrative support and services to the 29 licensing boards and commissions within the Bureau’s jurisdiction. He also serves as a full, voting member on 27 of the Boards. Johnson is primarily responsible for overseeing the day to day operations of the Bureau.
Prior to being commissioner, Johnson served as the director of policy for two years.
Johnson also previously served as deputy policy director, supporting 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, Johnson 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.
Johnson 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.
Johnson resides in Susquehanna Township with his wife, Renea, and their three sons.