sharonSharon D. Johnson, Executive Director

Sharon D. Johnson is a retired Oregon State University (OSU) Associate Professor Emeritus with a history working in education and public health administration.

In addition to her 12 year teaching career with OSU, Sharon served as Deputy Director and Interim Director of Seattle/King County Public Health and Washington State Director, Division of Mental Health.  During her tenure as an OSU Associate Professor Sharon specialized in Family and Community Healthcare and she created a number of teaching and program development initiatives focused on healthy aging and gerontogy and received a Certificate in Gerontology from the University of Washington in 2009. She has been recognized by numerous organizations including a Faculty Achievement Award from Oregon State University in 2006, and Healthcare and Aging Award from the American Society on Aging in 2005 and a MetLife Foundation Award in 2005 for “innovation and quality”. One of five national award winners in 2005. Sharon is a National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) Certified Aging-in-Place Specialist (CAPS).

Sharon is a frequent public speaker in the Southern Oregon on age-related issues and is well-known through her weekly newspaper column (now syndicated) “Healthy Aging”

howardHoward M. Johnson, Deputy Director

Howard M. Johnson brings 40+ years’ experience across a wide range of disciplines to Age-Friendly Innovators.  His background includes work in marketing, market research, project development, strategic planning, international trade and publishing.  He has worked on projects in over 30 countries and also worked for two Fortune 500 companies. For the past 28 years Howard has run a highly successful international consulting company H.M. Johnson and Associates.  His clients have included governments, large Foundations, non-governmental organizations (NGOs) multi-national companies and major branded food manufacturers.

In 2006 Howard helped found the Sustainable Fisheries Partnership (SFP) a marine conservation nonprofit.   The organization grew from 6 people when it was started to over 70 staff members currently in 15 different countries and an annual budget in excess of $5 million.   In January 2013 Howard was appointed to the SFP Board of Directors.