Danné Johnson, J.D. was born and raised in Detroit, Michigan by her mother, grandmother, and great-
grandmother. Danné’s family was full of strong, motivated, and ingenious women. These women
collectively, by example, taught Danné self-sufficiency, the value of honesty, the power of prayer, and
the dignity of hard work.
Danné completed high school and went on to obtain her college degree at University of Pennsylvania.
She was the first in her family to enter a 4 year University. She is married to her husband, Reginald. The
happy couple reside in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, with their two children; Layla and Ahmad. She enjoys
working in her community, celebrating women of service, assisting others with finding their purpose,
and encouraging others as they reach their full potential.
While at the University of Pennsylvania, Danné joined Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Incorporated through the
Mu Iota Chapter in Spring of 1991. Currently, she is an active member of the Chi Zeta Chapter in Oklahoma City.
Danné has made leadership contributions at the local, state, region and national level. On the national stage,
she has worked on the Constitution & Bylaw Revision Committee, Sisterhood and Inclusion Committee and as a
member of the Legal Advisory Council and the Finer Woman Don’t Haze Committee.
CAREER AND COMMUNITY
Johnson has 19 years of experience as a professor. Her research and scholarship interests are varied.
She enjoys discussion and research in the area of implicit bias. She has published articles on a variety of
topics including, but not limited to, securities regulation and nonprofit organization, along with race,
class and gender influences. Johnson is a sought-after speaker in the areas of nonprofit management
and governance, implicit bias, race and feminism. She is a Certified Diversity Professional and has
presented materials about race and implicit bias for the United Methodist Church, Oklahoma Center for
Nonprofits, Office of the Federal Public Defender, the Oklahoma Library Association and One Mic One
Voice Temple B’nai Israel 2019 Martin Luther King Day podcast. Johnson has taught in London, China
and the Cayman Islands.
Prior to launching an active and fulfilling life in Oklahoma City, Johnson practiced law with MetLife from
2000-2003 where she worked to register and develop mutual funds and variable annuity policies, and
from 1994 to 2000, Johnson worked for the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission in the Division of
Enforcement in New York City, serving as a staff attorney, senior counsel and finally, as a branch chief. In
the latter role, she trained, supervised and guided attorneys who were investigating violations of federal
Her awards include the Marian P. Opala Lifetime Achievement in the Law 2020 presented by the
Oklahoma City University School of Law Alumni, the Ada Lois Sipuel Fisher Award for Diversity 2019
presented by the Oklahoma City Association of Black Lawyers, and she has twice been recognized by the
Journal Record as one of the “50 Making a Difference.”
Johnson is an active member of The Links, Inc., a service organization for professional women where she
serves as the strategic planning chairperson; Jack & Jill of America, Inc., an organization of mothers
dedicated to nurturing future African American leaders where she chairs the nominations committee;
The Make A Will and Financial Planning Program, an organization providing wills and estate planning
materials where she works to secure law-student volunteers.
Additionally, she is past chairman of the American Association of Law Schools Section of Women in Legal
Education and a past member of the Law School Admissions Council’s Legal and Finance Committee.