President and CEO, National Human Services Assembly
Gloria Johnson-Cusack brings more than 20 years of management, strategic communications, and public policy expertise informed by leadership positions in the private and philanthropic sectors, as well as significant time spent in the federal government, including U.S. Congress, the White House, and presidential campaigns.
She currently serves as President and CEO of the National Human Services Assembly (NHSA), a Washington, DC-based association comprised of over 80 of the largest national human services organizations, including AARP, American Red Cross, Boy Scouts of America, Boys and Girls Clubs of America, Girl Scouts of the USA, National Alliance for Hispanic Health, The Association of Junior Leagues International, United Way Worldwide, and Volunteers of America. NHSA focuses on shaping public dialogue, increasing the business practices of nonprofits, and building capacity for the human services sector. Its priority is to strengthen collaborative practice and policy that promote equality of opportunity and upward mobility for all.
Before joining NHSA, Johnson-Cusack was Executive Director of Leadership 18, an alliance of CEO’s responsible for leading some of the country’s largest and most well respected charities, nonprofits and faith-based organizations, most of which also hold membership with NHSA. She also served as a Senior Vice President at GMMB, a strategic communications and advertising firm focused on cause marketing; Director of the Office of Congressional Relations at the Peace Corps; Special Assistant to the President in the White House Office of National Service; and Director of Constituent Relations at the Corporation for National Service. She was Chief of Staff for the D.C. Office of the Inspector General and was policy advisor to Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton and Senator Albert Gore, Jr.
Johnson-Cusack serves as national Chairman of the Board of Trustees of United Cerebral Palsy, on the Board of the Firelight Foundation serving communities in Africa, and as a member of the federal Presidio Trust’s Advisory Council for the Presidio Institute focused on service and cross-sector leadership. She holds a bachelor’s degree from Columbia College, Columbia University and a master’s degree in Public Administration from the Key Executive Management Program at American University.