Johanna Hawfield Foster is a native North Carolinian who remained in the Chapel Hill-Carrboro area after graduating from University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 1997. She currently serves as Senior Director of Academic Affairs at the UNC School of Medicine, and has done so since 2013 where she oversees curricular operations and special projects. Prior to her role at the medical school, she was a project manager at Wake County Government and middle school Spanish teacher at Duke School. Johanna is passionate about access to education and public service.

Johanna holds a BA in Spanish Education and Masters of Public Administration, both from University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She is also a board member of the UNC-Chapel Hill MPA Alumni Board at the School of Government.