The Honorable Grindly Johnson was appointed Secretary of Administration by former Governor Ralph Northam and also held the role of Deputy Secretary of Administration. Grindly served as Deputy Secretary of Transportation of the Commonwealth of Virginia from 2014 to 2018. Johnson chaired the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials (AASHTO) subcommittee on Civil Rights.
She spearheaded the development of the Commonwealth's first Business Opportunity and Workforce Development Center (BOWD), one of only 15 in the country, to provide disadvantaged business enterprise firms the resources needed to compete for federal-aided contracts. Johnson previously served as VDOT’s Chief of Equal Business and Employee Opportunity and in several private sector positions she served as an accountant, financial analyst, and community relations consultant.
She holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Accounting from Norfolk State University.She has received many community awards and recognitions, including the Community Star for Girls Inc., the fellow for the Sorenson Institute of Political Leadership, and the fellow for the American Swiss Young Leaders.
About the VDOT BOWD Center
The Virginia Department of Transportation Business Opportunity and Workforce Development (BOWD) Center receives funding from the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) to implement the Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE) Supportive Services Program.
The primary purpose of the DBE/SS program is to provide training, assistance and services to disadvantaged business enterprises to help these businesses grow, become self-sufficient, more competitive in pursuing federally funded contract opportunities, move into non-traditional areas of work and compete in the marketplace beyond the DBE program.