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Rudolph Johnson III

President and CEO, Neighborhood House Association

Rudolph Johnson was appointed president and CEO of Neighborhood House in 2006. Under his leadership, the agency launched geriatric specialty programs, the Homework Center, Project In-Reach and the Black Infant Health programs. The agency employs about 800 and has a budget of $85 million. He came to Neighborhood House after serving as the general manager of the San Diego Convention Center. He serves as vice chair of the executive committee for the Congressional Black Caucus 21st Century Council and is on the board of the San Diego Regional Chamber of Commerce.

ALMA MATER: San Diego State University, Texas Southern University

NOTEWORTHY: He is a San Diego native and a product of the Head Start program he now oversees.

NOT WHAT HE STUDIED FOR: His bachelor’s degree is in civil engineering.