JoAnn Johnson currently serves as the Director of Commerce and the Superintendent of the Iowa Division of Credit Unions (IDCU) following her appointment by Governor Terry Branstad in 2011. IDCU is charged with protecting the interests of credit union members and enforcing the laws, rules and regulations pertaining to credit unions.
A former teacher, Johnson was elected to the Iowa State Senate in 1994 and served as Chair of the Senate Ways and Means Committee for four years. She was serving as Chair of the Senate Commerce Committee when appointed by President George W. Bush to the National Credit Union Administration in 2002. As Chairman of the agency from 2004-2008, she oversaw a $150 million budget and was responsible for the day-to-day operation of 950 agency staff.
Johnson holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Education from the University of Northern Iowa. She and her husband Brian reside in Panora, have two adult children, and enjoy their grandchildren immensely.