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Paul Johnson is co-founder and CEO of Redirect Health. He helps oversee operations and identifies new opportunities that support the company’s efforts to offer employers affordable, high-quality healthcare.
In addition to leading Redirect Health, Paul currently serves as Chairman of the Board of Directors for Arrowhead Health Centers, and he’s a past member of the Board of Directors for the John C. Lincoln Hospital Foundation. Widely known as a healthcare visionary, Paul has helped these organizations develop innovative care models that increase the level of care while still reducing costs.
Prior to co-founding Redirect Health in 2013, Paul founded several multi-million dollar companies including Southwest Next LLC, a countercyclical real estate company, and Old World Communities LLC, a land development company in the Phoenix market.
Paul has also had a successful political career that provided him with a unique understanding of regulatory, development and entitlement processes. He served on the Phoenix City Council from 1985 to 1990 and as Mayor of the City of Phoenix from 1990 to 1994. He and his administration were showcased in the New York Times, Forbes and People, among other national media outlets, for efforts leading to the Bertelsmann Award honoring Phoenix as the “Best Run City in the World.” As part of these efforts, Paul helped the city transition to a self-insurance model that saved taxpayers millions of dollars.
During his political career, Paul chaired several presidential campaigns and served as a featured speaker at the 1992 Democratic National Convention. He also chaired the AZ League of Towns and Cities, as well as several regional planning committees for the Maricopa Association of Governments, Phoenix Water Services Department, Valley Metro Regional Public Transportation Authority and Arizona Municipal Water Association. He’s currently among the best-known leaders of the Independent movement in Arizona.
Paul is actively involved in local civic and professional organizations. He currently serves as Chairman of the City of Phoenix Bond Commission and as a member of the Executive Committee of the Greater Phoenix Economic Commission. He is also the co-founder and Chair of The Open Government Committee, which is focused on eliminating partisan primaries and opening up the election process to all individuals regardless of their party registration through an open general election and a runoff that includes the top-to-vote getters. Paul is a Past Chairman of the Arizona Tech Council and Past Chairman of the Mayors Substance Abuse Commission.
Paul earned a BA in History from Arizona State University and an MSBA in Business Management from the University of Phoenix. He also attended the Executive Program at Kennedy School at Harvard University. In 2016, the Phoenix Business Journal named him among the Valley’s “Most Admired Leaders.”