Robert Wood “Woody” Johnson IV is the Founding Chairman of the Lupus Research Alliance and worked for many years with the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation. The missions of these charities are to cure, treat and prevent Lupus and Type 1 Diabetes and Mr. Johnson has raised millions of dollars on behalf of these organizations.
Mr. Johnson served as a Trustee and a Trustee Emeritus of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, the nation’s largest philanthropic organization devoted exclusively to promoting health and healthcare for Americans. The Foundation aims to prompt new public policy, inspire action from the private sector, and improve the delivery of the best health care to the most people.
Over many years, Mr. Johnson has been active in local philanthropy and civic affairs, including an Honorary Trustee of the Wildlife Conservation Society and a board member of the National September 11 Memorial & Museum at the World Trade Center, a board member of the Peregrine Fund, as well as a member of the Council on Foreign Relations. Additionally, Mr. Johnson has been a long-time supporter of the Central Park Conservancy and the Montana Land Reliance.
Mr. Johnson is the former Ambassador of the United States of America to the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland. Mr. Johnson is a fourth-generation member of the founding family of Johnson & Johnson, the worldwide health care company. For more than thirty years, he served as Chairman and CEO of The Johnson Company Inc., a private investment management company.
Mr. Johnson is an owner of the New York Jets and prior to becoming Ambassador, its Chairman and CEO. He also created the New York Jets Foundation to fund multiple programs to support students and families in disadvantaged communities.