ROBERT WOOD JOHNSON, a member of the founding family of Johnson & Johnson, has built upon his family's proud legacy of achievement as a successful businessman, compassionate philanthropist, civic leader, and diplomat.
Upon purchasing the team in 2000, Johnson established his commitment to a culture of success built on three key elements: passionate players, supportive fans, and a new stadium. Under his leadership, the Jets entered their new home field, MetLife Stadium, an award-winning venue that has been ranked as the #1 highest grossing venue in the world and recognized by Billboard as stadium of the decade. He also moved the Jets into the Atlantic Health Jets Training Center, a world-class 224,000 square-foot complex that united the entire organization, and provided the perfect facility for everyone—players, coaches, and staff—to continually improve and excel.
In 2017, Johnson was appointed the U.S. Ambassador to the United Kingdom. As ambassador, he strengthened the 'Special Relationship' between the US and the UK, by promoting security and economic prosperity over a range of issues from trade to cyber security policies. While in London, the Ambassador resided in the historic Winfield House, receiving world leaders including Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II and on multiple occasions, President Donald Trump. Ambassador Johnson led the relocation of over 1,000 employees from the Embassy's historic location at Grosvenor Square to a new state of the art headquarters at Nine Elms. When the pandemic struck London, he then directed those employees in the remote, effective, and efficient operation of the Embassy to continue to serve and promote the United States' interests in the United Kingdom. Throughout his tenure at the Embassy, Ambassador Johnson engaged with government leaders and the British people, traveling extensively throughout the United Kingdom and Northern Ireland to hear local concerns and emphasize the 'Special Relationship.'
Beyond the field, Ambassador Johnson's philosophy of a successful team celebrates the crucial role of fans, as well as the significant role the team plays in the community. In this spirit, the team, through the New York Jets Foundation, positively influences the lives of young people in the area by expanding youth football, preventing bullying, and promoting social justice, particularly in disadvantaged communities. Among the Foundation's programs is the launch of the first Girls High School Flag Football League in New Jersey and first NFL Girls Flag Football League in the United Kingdom.
In 2022, the Jets announced a $1 million donation to help aid the people of Ukraine, with the money distributed among various organizations, each receiving $100,000, over the course of a year. For Johnson, the events in Ukraine are personal; his wife, Suzanne, grew up in a Ukrainian neighborhood in New York. Her mother, Marie, was born to Ukrainian immigrant parents while Suzanne's father, Stefan Ircha, was originally from Ternopil, a town outside of Kyiv, and immigrated to the United States after WWII. The Johnson family traveled to Poland last summer to meet with Ukrainian refugees and understand firsthand how the unprovoked invasion has impacted their lives.
Chief among Ambassador Johnson's healthcare initiatives is the support for lupus research. In 1999, he founded the Alliance for Lupus Research (now the Lupus Research Alliance). This was the first organization devoted exclusively to finding new methods to prevent, treat, and ultimately cure lupus. Thanks to his leadership, the organization has dedicated more than $245 million for research grants and achieved the major milestone of funding research which set the stage for the recent FDA approval of three new treatments for this autoimmune disease.
Over many years, Ambassador Johnson has been active in philanthropy and civic affairs, including past roles as an Honorary Trustee of the Wildlife Conservation Society and a past board member of the National September 11 Memorial & Museum at the World Trade Center and the Peregrine Fund. The Ambassador also served as a Trustee and a Trustee Emeritus of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, the nation's largest philanthropic organization devoted exclusively to promoting health and healthcare for Americans.
Currently, the Ambassador is an active member of the NFL's Finance Committee, Investment Committee, and Stadium Committee.