Harry Johns is the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the Alzheimer's Association®, the global leader in Alzheimer's and dementia information, advocacy, research and support.
During his 16-year tenure, the Alzheimer’s Association has created and driven the public discussion about Alzheimer's in America, raising the cause to unprecedented levels of recognition and support. Through its nationwide community programs of care and support, its 24/365 helpline, collaborations with health systems and around the world through alz.org, the Association supports tens of millions of people annually. The advocacy of the Association has achieved significant public policy gains, including increases in federal research funding to more than $3.4 billion annually — a seven-fold increase since the National Alzheimer's Project Act was signed into law — in addition to significant legislative and regulatory advances in care and support. The Association's global leadership in dementia research also includes direct commitments of $300 million in 45 countries today, participation in nearly every major scientific advance and annually convening the world’s largest gathering of such researchers. InCites Clarivate ranks the Alzheimer's Association first among all nonprofits worldwide for its dementia research impact and third among all organizations including governments. The Alzheimer's Association has been one of the The Nonprofit Times' Best Nonprofits to Work For since the recognition began, and since 2009 it has been one of the top three large nonprofits on the list.
Harry is a Trustee and former Chair of the World Dementia Council, where he has served since 2014, appointed by the UK government on behalf of the G8. He also serves as president and CEO of the Alzheimer's Impact Movement (AIM), a separately incorporated advocacy affiliate of the Alzheimer’s Association. From 2011-2017, he served as a member of the Advisory Council on Alzheimer's Research, Care, and Services, appointed by the U.S. Secretary of Health and Human Services.
Harry was previously on the executive team of the American Cancer Society. He is a graduate of Eckerd College and the Northwestern University Kellogg School of Business. He and his wife, Cindy, have experienced Alzheimer’s with their mothers and with Cindy’s maternal grandmother.