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Johnson new policy director

Jennifer Johnson

Jennifer Johnson

Southern Bancorp Community Partners, a 501(c)(3) financial development and lending partner of Southern Bancorp, has hired Jennifer Johnson as its new Director of Public Policy. Johnson will lead Southern’s efforts to create economic opportunities in underserved communities by advocating for public policies that encourage low-income families to build net worth and develop strong financial foundations.

A Mississippi native and practicing attorney, Johnson spent many years managing complex criminal litigation on behalf of the state in the South Carolina Office of the Solicitor. She later joined the Center for Responsible Lending in North Carolina and Washington, D.C., as the organization’s Senior Legislative Counsel.

More recently, Johnson returned to Mississippi where she founded the government relations firm Bridgetown Strategies LLC, which has been politically active in statewide education initiatives.

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