People To Watch: Clay Johnson

on September 21, 2012 at 10:00 AM

Clay Johnson was selected as a Presidential Innovation Fellow forRFP-EZ as part of the new White House Presidential Innovation Fellows program. The program pairs top innovators from the private sector, nonprofits, and academia with top innovators in government to collaborate on solutions that aim to deliver significant results in six months.

RFP-EZ is working to create a streamlined process for the federal government to do business with small high-growth companies to take advantage of the most innovative technologies.


This is one in a series introducing 18 Fellows working on five initiatives that are part of the White House Presidential Innovation Fellows program.


Johnson’s career at the intersection of government and technology began as the Director of Sunlight Labs at the Sunlight Foundation, where he built a community of 2,000 developers, designers and technologists dedicated to helping government be more open and transparent with its stakeholders.

After Sunlight, Johnson worked as the director of Engagement at Expert Labs where he worked with Federal agencies to help embrace and use social media.

Recently, Johnson wrote the bestselling book The Information Diet, which explores the parallels between our media and food consumption. He was named the Google/O’Reilly Open Source Organizer of the year in 2009, was one of Federal Computer Week’s Fed 100 in 2010, and won the CampaignTech Innovator award in 2011.

Johnson lives in Washington, DC with his wife Rosalyn and his adorable 7 week old son Felix.