Colette Johnson is the director of strategic initiatives at Ithaka S+R. She provides leadership and support for mission-critical strategic projects.

Colette received her PhD in 2018 from Princeton University, where she conducted original interdisciplinary research examining the rise of child psychology in the 20th-century. Her research studied the flow of ideas from clinical and academic research into public policy and broader societal norms, including how theories about children were translated into programs and treatments that impact children through educational policy, health policy, and international affairs.

She has experience in higher education administration, serving on Princeton University committees that provided consultative insights to the president and board of trustees on public relations, the operating budget, and stewardship of Princeton’s endowment. At present, she is a member of Princeton’s alumni council executive committee and chairs a committee on career and professional development for Princeton alumni. She has an MA in English from Princeton University, and BA degrees in art history and English from the University of California Irvine.

Colette also serves on the curatorial committee for the Mellon-funded Million Book Project.