Harry Johns is the president and CEO of the Alzheimer's Association, the global leader in Alzheimer's and dementia information, advocacy, research and support.
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, as well as a 24/365 helpline, and around the world through alz.org, the Association reaches more than 40 million people annually. The advocacy of the Association has achieved significant public policy gains, including increases in annual federal research funding to $2.3 billion, including $350, $400, $414 and $425 million increases in the past four years, 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 over $185 million in 30 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. And, since the evaluation began, the Alzheimer's Association has been recognized as one of the The Nonprofit Times Best Nonprofits to Work For. Since 2009, the Association has placed among the top three large nonprofits.
Harry is currently serving a two-year term as the Chair of the World Dementia Council, where he has served since 2014, appointed by the U.K. 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. In 2018, he was named to The Nonprofit Times’ Power & Influence Top 50, a list that recognizes nonprofit executives for their innovation and leadership.
Prior to joining the Alzheimer's Association, Harry was on the executive team of the American Cancer Society. He is a graduate of Eckerd College and the Northwestern University Kellogg School of Business.