Veltry Johnson began his communications career in 1970 as the News Director for the Seattle AM/FM radio station, KYAC. In 1977, he became Director of Community Relations for the Seattle Opportunities Industrialization Center (SOIC) and following that, served as Director of Fund Development for the Totem Girl Scout Council of Seattle. In 1984, he was selected to be the Public Information Chief for the State of Washington Department of Corrections.
In 1995, Johnson was chosen to serve as a Public and Media Relations Training Consultant to the United States Department of Justice’s National Institute of Corrections Training Academy in Longmont, Colorado. He has been very active in the community and public service organizations, including the Central Area Motivation Program, Central Seattle Boys and Girls Club and West Olympia Rotary Club.
Johnson attended Highline College from 1965-68. In 1987, he continued his education at The Evergreen State College, graduating in 1989 with a Bachelor of Arts in communications.