CEO of One of the Largest Private, Non-Profit Organizations Providing Services for People with Disabilities
Patrick J. Johnson, Jr., MSW ’72
Patrick J. Johnson, Jr. is currently the President of Oak Hill. He is the Chief Executive Officer of one of the largest private non-profit organizations providing services for people with disabilities at over 100 sites in 58 towns in CT.
Other Current and Past Leadership Positions:
Chairman of the Board of CT Community Providers Association
Co-Chair of CT Non-Profit Human Service Cabinet
Executive Director of Catholic Charities, Archdiocese of Hartford
Chairman of the Board of CT Council of Family Service Agencies
Chairman of the Board of Catholic Charities USA
Chairman of the Board of Open Hearth Association
Treasurer of NASW CT Chapter and several other non-profit organizations
What inspired you to become a social worker?
The focus on social justice as a core value resonated with my personal values. In addition the diversity of practice opportunities among the poor, people with disabilities and other marginalized cohorts was and remains exciting for me. It is meaningful rewarding work among real people where what one does every day makes a real difference. It places me and my colleagues as servant leaders supporting the truly beautiful people; those we are serving and those who volunteer their time to assist in that service.
How has your education at the UConn SSW prepared you for your career?
My education at UConn provided an intellectual framework, a set of core values, ethical standards, and research supported best practices that act as a compass in leadership, advocacy and direct care.
Was there one person or learning experience that had an impact on you?
There have been many people who have and continue to inspire me. Some are clients, educators, volunteers, political leaders and friends. I have particularly fond memories of Professor Al Alissi who was one of those inspirational leaders who I was pleased to call a friend during our work together among people who were homeless in Hartford.
What has been your most rewarding accomplishment as a leader?
My work in the public policy social justice advocacy arena in concert with many other people has been the most rewarding; not because of what we have gained because that is too little. It is because of how much worse it might become were we not there.