Mario Johnson

Industrial Development Agency
Title: Board Member, Appointed: 9/11/2023

Mario Johnson has lived in the City of Poughkeepsie for more than 30 years and is a former Beacon High School graduate. 

Mario Johnson is currently employed by Nubian Directions as the YouthBuild Director in Poughkeepsie, NY.  Mario has significant management, volunteer, community leadership, teaching, and legislative expertise. He has served in various legislative positions such as 5th Ward Alderman & Vice-Mayor for the City of Poughkeepsie, 10th District Dutchess County Legislator, and Governmental Affairs Administrator for the Hudson Valley Builders Association.

Mr. Johnson has seventeen years of solid work experience with Higher Education in areas of Assistant Dean of Students, Bridge Program Administrator and Director of Admissions and Enrollment Management, Director of Upward Bound, and EOP Director of EOP.  

Mario has earned a Master’s in Public Administration from Marist College, a Master’s of Science in Management and Urban Policy from New School University, Certificate from Cornell University in Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion and a Bachelor’s of Arts from SUNY Oswego.

Mr. Johnson created and developed a host of seminars, lectures, and symposiums.   He previously served as Chair of the Dutchess County Youth Coordinating Council, Secretary to the Scenic Hudson Board, Treasurer of the Poughkeepsie Alliance, member of the City of Poughkeepsie Industrial Development Agency (IDA).

He has also served on the Board of Directors for the Dutchess County Community Action Partnership, Chairman of the Dutchess County HIV/AIDS Planning Council, Secretary for the Board of Directors for the Dutchess County United Way, Advisory Board Member for Marist College Liberty Partnership Program.


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