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Johnston, Heather

photo of Heather Johnston
  • Departments:Executive Recruitment
  • Divisions:Executive Recruitment
  • Title:Senior Vice President, Executive Recruitment
  • Phone:(651) 470-8886
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Heather joined SGR in 2019 and serves as Senior Vice President for Executive Recruitment. Prior to joining SGR, Heather served as City Manager for the City of Burnsville, Minnesota. Prior to becoming city manager, she served as director of administrative services and chief financial officer for the City of Burnsville. In this capacity, she had responsibility for communications, city clerk, information technology, community services, and finance. Johnston served as the director of management and budget for the City of Minneapolis for over seven years. Johnston has experience in government and non-profit sectors, including Minnesota Management & Budget and the federal Office of Management and Budget.

Heather is Treasurer of the National Civic League Board and has served on a number of boards including President of the Government Finance Officer's Association (GFOA) in 2015-2016. As GFOA President, Heather convened a task force that focused on recruitment and engagement of public finance employees so the finance function can be more integrated in making the work of government effective and innovative.  She has conducted training on a variety of budget topics, including engaging residents in the budget process, outsourcing technology, and making performance measurement meaningful. 

Heather holds a Master's in Public Administration from The George Washington University in Washington, D.C., and a BA in political science and communication from Augsburg University in Minneapolis, Minnesota.

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