Johns was first selected as Trustee for the Parker Ranch Foundation Trust in June 2005. He was reappointed following Trust restructuring in December 2007.
Johns was recently appointed as a Senior Vice President for HMSA. He formerly served as the Chair of the Hawaii State Department of Land and Natural Resources and as Chief Operating Officer of the Estate of Samuel Mills Damon. Johns was chairperson of the State Department of Land and Natural Resources having served as that department’s Deputy Director prior to being named chairperson.
He has also served as Vice-President and General Counsel for AMFAC Property Development Corporation, been a Lecturer in Business Law at the University of Hawaii and Windward Community College and held the position of Director of Land Protection with the Nature Conservancy of Hawaii.
Johns received his bachelor’s degree in history and business economics from the University of California , Santa Barbara , with honors. That was followed by a master’s degree in economics and Juris Doctor from the University of Southern California Law Center .
His extensive community involvement includes active membership with the State of Hawaii Board of Land and Natural Resources, the Northwestern Hawaiian Island Coral Reef Ecosystem Reserve Advisory Council and the Rotary Club of Honolulu. Johns serves on the board of directors for Hawaiian Electric Company, Inc., Grove Farm Company, Inc., YMCA of Honolulu, Hawaii Nature Center, St. Andrew’s Priory School, Child & Family Services, Helping Hands Hawaii, ‘Ike ‘Aina, Diamond Head Theatre and Hawaii Public Television Foundation.