Roderick Johnson '82
It was a corporate finance class at Bridgewater College that first “piqued my interest,” said Roderick Johnson ’82. More than 35 years later, he sees the connection between that class and his subsequent career in commercial banking. A lifelong resident of the Washington, D.C., metropolitan area, he appreciated the beauty of the Shenandoah Valley setting and embraced the opportunity to play football and run track for all four years. He was the captain of the track team his senior year and graduated with a degree in business administration.
Johnson began his career in banking by rising from a young commercial banking trainee to Assistant Vice President of Commercial Banking at Nations Bank. Over the last 30 years, he has worked for three of the top five banks in the U.S., rising to the level of Senior Vice President, Commercial Banking. In 2008, he started his own business, RLJ Management Consultants, LLC, which provides commercial loan brokering and commercial lines of insurance throughout the greater Washington, D.C., area. Initially a part-time endeavor, he made it his full-time career starting in May 2017.
As part of his dedication to serving his community, Johnson has served on numerous Boards of Directors for professional associations and non-profit organizations through the years. He is currently on the boards of the African American Real Estate Professionals of D.C.; Boys Town Washington, D.C.; and New Endeavors by Women.
In the past, he served on the boards of the Greater Washington Society of CPAs; the National Center for Children and Families; United Cerebral Palsy of Washington, D.C., and Northern Virginia; the Enterprise School in Northern Virginia; the Holy Trinity Episcopal Day School and the Washington, D.C., Republican Committee. Johnson said that his work has centered on improving the lives of women and children. “I have a passion for moving them forward.”
Johnson also teaches financial literacy classes through his church, Cherrydale Baptist, and has been a certified personal trainer since 1993. He completed a yearlong leadership course through Leadership Greater Washington and is four classes away from completing an M.A. in Counseling, with a focus on marriage and family counseling, from the Capital Bible Seminary/Lancaster Bible College.
In the midst of this busy life and career, Johnson appreciates the opportunities he has to reunite with BC alumni, whether meeting friends and fellow alumni in the D.C. area, at Homecoming for his class’s reunion, or during his term on the Board of Directors of the BC Alumni Association. He has always enjoyed the proximity of the College to D.C. and the friends he made while at BC.