Sydney McNiff Johnson

Senior Advisor, Global Energy Practice, Dentons


Sydney McNiff Johnson is a senior advisor in Dentons’ global energy practice, where she advises clients on domestic and international energy, environmental, and government solutions. As a skilled negotiator and facilitator, she works with thought leaders and energy policy professionals on a global scale. She also advises clients on current energy policy issues and long-term business decisions. McNiff Johnson’s practice has a particular focus bringing new energy technologies to market and environmental and renewable energy issues.
In August of 2015, McNiff Johnson was appointed by Interior Secretary Sally Jewell to a six-year term on the Board of Directors for the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation (NFWF). She also serves on the Boards of the American Council on Renewable Energy (ACORE), the Women’s Council on Energy and the Environment (WCEE), the Idaho Chapter of the Nature Conservancy, and on the Executive Committee of the Board for the National Symphony Orchestra. She was appointed to the U.S. Department of Commerce’s Civil Nuclear Trade Advisory Committee (CINTAC) in March 2013 and served for two years as the Vice Chair, visiting Vietnam and China with the U.S. delegation to expand U.S. exports of civil nuclear goods and services in accordance with applicable U.S. regulations. Previously, McNiff Johnson was president of Lockhart Strategies International, LLC, where she worked to bring emerging energy technologies and environmentally friendly products to market, developing pilot programs and championing relationships for firms in the public and private sectors.

McNiff Johnson is an active member of the U.S. Nuclear Infrastructure Council (NIC), which she helped co-found in 2002. The NIC meets monthly with all major nuclear energy utilities, manufacturers, and suppliers to discuss regulatory, licensing, and supply chain issues. She previously served for six years as a member of the Board of Directors of the Wild Salmon Center in Portland, Oregon, working with Russia, Japan, South Korea, Canada, and western U.S. states to preserve wild salmon populations.