Office of Business Opportunity

Johnnie Burns

Johnnie BurnsContact Information
Contract Compliance Division Manager
Office of Business Opportunity
City of Houston
611 Walker Street, 7th Floor
Houston, TX 77002
Phone: 832.393.0638

Johnnie Burns is the Contract Compliance Division Manager for the Office of Business Opportunity. Prior to Johnnie coming to the City of Houston he was the APEX Grant Employment Coordinator for the Minnesota Department of Labor and industry, where he was responsible for determining if there were barriers in recruitment and retention in the construction industry. Johnnie started his public service in 1992 as an emergency hire receptionist at the Minnesota Department of Transportation after graduating from the Hubert H. Humphrey Job Corps Center. Johnnie quickly begin to rise in the small business/Disadvantaged Business area. He later became a Transportation Program Specialist conducting DBE certifications at MnDOT. He left Mn/DOT in 2006 to become the Title VI Coordinator at the Missouri Department of Transportation and then later Certification Manager at the Arizona Department of Transportation. Johnnie also served at the Assistant Director in charge of Contract Compliance at the City of Minneapolis, where he led one of the most ambitious and successful compliance efforts during the economic downturn starting in 2008. In 2014 Johnnie became Director of Labor Standards and Apprenticeship for the State of Minnesota. Johnnie holds a BA in Criminal Justice from Metropolitan State University.