Carol Johnson, Director
Carol Johnson, J.D., M.A., is the Executive Director of the Arkansas Fair Housing Commission, the only state agency specifically charged with protecting the civil rights of Arkansans. The Commission is a quasi-judicial, regulatory, enforcement agency charged with receiving, investigating and otherwise resolving fair housing and fair lending complaints within the State of Arkansas.
The Arkansas Legislature established the Commission by Act 1785 of 2001, and delegated to the agency regulatory authority to enforce fair housing and fair lending laws within the State of Arkansas. The law was amended in 2003 to make it substantially equivalent to the federal fair housing legislation. The Commission works in collaboration with the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development to enforce state and federal fair housing and fair lending laws.
Since becoming Executive Director in 2005, Ms. Johnson was instrumental in building the Commission from its infancy stages and transitioning it from a newly formed capacity-building organization under HUD’s Fair Housing Assistance Program to a fully functioning and highly recognized fair housing and fair lending civil rights enforcement agency.
During her tenure at the agency, Ms. Johnson has resolved numerous fair housing and fair lending cases and has assisted many Arkansas municipalities in creating and/or amending existing ordinances to comply with zoning requirements, including the City of Hot Springs, the City of Jonesboro and the City of DeWitt.
Ms. Johnson holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Broadcast Journalism from Texas Christian University in Fort Worth, Texas; a Master of Arts degree in Journalism from the University of Arkansas at Little Rock and a Juris Doctor from the University of Arkansas at Little Rock William H. Bowen School of Law.
Her career includes work in public relations and media, including time as a reporter for the Hot Springs Sentinel-Record and internships in the Public Relations Departments of Texas Christian University and Bowen Law School.
As a licensed attorney, Ms. Johnson has worked in various areas of administrative, civil and criminal law, and held a clerkship with the Arkansas Attorney General’s Office. Ms. Johnson previously worked with the Arkansas Workers’ Compensation Commission performing de novo reviews of Administrative Law Judge decisions and with the Arkansas Department of Health and Human Services litigating child dependency-neglect cases. Additionally, Ms. Johnson is a former Deputy Prosecuting Attorney for Garland County, Arkansas.