Susan D. Johnson
Director of Organizational Development and Philanthropic Practice

Susan D. Johnson

Susan D. Johnson, Ph.D., is director of organizational development and philanthropic practice at Lumina Foundation. In that role, she provides conceptual leadership and strategic direction at Lumina, an independent, private foundation in Indianapolis that is committed to making opportunities for learning beyond high school available to all.

Throughout her career in higher education, Johnson has acquired deep knowledge of policies and practices affecting student success, student engagement, and institutional accountability. After joining Lumina in 2008, she served as a strategy officer, director of equity and inclusion, and as director of impact and research, where she actively sought to engage professionals, scholars, and partners committed to promoting equity and excellence in postsecondary education.

Before joining Lumina, Johnson held professional positions in student affairs at Louisiana State University and the University of North Dakota and in institutional research at Indiana University.

Johnson earned a bachelor’s degree and two master’s degrees from the University of Florida and a doctorate in higher education and student affairs from Indiana University.

She is actively involved in the philanthropic sector, serving on the boards of Grantmakers for Education and Higher Education Resource Services. She is also on the executive team of Indiana Blacks in Philanthropy and is co-editor of “Standing on the Outside Looking In: Underrepresented Students’ Experiences in Advanced Degree Programs.”