Cardell Johnson

Acting Director, Natural Resources and Environment

Areas of Expertise:

  • Federal lands
  • National parks, forests, and refuges
  • Mining and grazing
  • Oceans and fisheries
  • Water resources

Cardell Johnson is an Acting Director in GAO’s Natural Resources and Environment (NRE) team. He oversees work on the federal government’s management of public lands and water resources, including national parks and forests, mineral resources, coastal and marine resources, endangered species, and water supply.

Cardell joined GAO in October 2020. Prior to joining GAO, Cardell served as the Director of Quality Assurance at USAID’s Office of the Inspector General, where he developed the organization’s first quality assurance framework. Cardell also worked at the EPA as a senior budget analyst and Director for Performance Improvement.

Cardell earned a master’s degree in public administration from Indiana University–Bloomington, School of Public and Environmental Affairs. Cardell earned a bachelor’s degree in political science from Alma College.