Kelley T. Johnson
Candidate for Board of Finance
I have worked in high-tech for 20+ years and held increasing levels of responsibility. My last corporate job involved strategy and M&A (mergers & acquisitions) for multi-billion dollar initiatives at a Fortune 100 company. I am now the Founder and President at an Education Technology company.
Given my career progression, I prepared plenty of budgets and experienced their constraints. I also developed a strong skillset in strategic analysis, which includes extensive financial modeling to determine the best course of action from a set of options. While other factors can weigh heavily in any overall strategic analysis, a sound financial analysis can serve as the foundation for data-driven decision-making.
I am a candidate for the Board of Finance to apply my analytical thinking to the town’s financial matters. How are we choosing to spend our tax dollars and what are we giving up, now and in the future, in terms of alternatives? I’d like the opportunity to ask the questions and provide data-driven recommendations that guide Newtown to a financially responsible future where every citizen thrives.
- Friends of the CH Booth Library – I’ve been a volunteer at the Friends Annual Book Sale for so many years that my T-shirt collection pretty much fills up an entire drawer in my bedroom bureau. Even when I was living away from Newtown, I planned a trip home to volunteer at the sale. Now, I’m in the sorting room year-round with responsibility for three sections: engineering, true adventure, science fiction. I also help with the online marketing.
- Newtown Arts Festival – I initiated the literary events programming for the Newtown Arts Festival in 2014, coordinating the “3 Wordsmiths” and “4 Wordsmiths” events in 2014 and 2015 respectively. That was me on-stage as the emcee.
- Connecticut Odyssey of the Mind Judge – I served as a judge for the Odyssey of the Mind state-level competition in 2014 and 2015 upon request of a Newtown team. Odyssey of the mind enables students from kindergarten through college to compete in creative problem-solving challenges. As a judge, I witnessed many Newtown team performances and applauded the efforts of our talented young people.
- VFW – I was the lead district judge in the 2014 Voices of Democracy high school competition and also led a writing workshop for middle school Patriot’s Pen participants. If your child read “The Crucible” and now understands how a 20th century playwright could research 17th century witch hunts and then apply those techniques to research about veterans, that was my influence.
- MBA, Washington University in St. Louis
- MS, Electrical Engineering, Johns Hopkins University
- BS, Computer Science and Engineering, University of Texas at Arlington
I grew-up in Newtown and attended K-12 in the Newtown Public School systems, graduating from Newtown High School in 1985. I was a student activist to establish the Newtown High School girls’ soccer team and captained the team during its inaugural varsity season. I also played soccer and softball in college. Still a sports enthusiast, I now devote my attention to tennis and downhill skiing.
I played the mellophone (brass instrument in the key of “F” with trumpet fingering) in the NHS marching band, and now enjoy watching the Marching Nighthawks compete.
After high school, I lived in Texas, Maryland, New Hampshire, Massachusetts, and California, before returning to Newtown in 2013 to care for my aging father. He is 89 now, and I am grateful for the time we’ve had together over the past couple of years.
The library is my favorite place in town. I am an avid reader and am trying to finish 50 books during 2015. I mostly read business books with an occasional fiction title in the mix.