Duke Leadership Academy Scholars Profile

Johanna Zawada

Johanna Zawada

Title: Associate Director, Benefits
Senior Management Area: Human Resources
Class Year: 2023

Johanna Zawada has been the Associate Director for
Benefits in the Duke Office of Human Resources since
April 2021. She oversees the retirement plans for the
University and the Health System. She has operational
responsibility for the day-to-day administration of the
plans as well as the Benefits Service Team, providing
benefits to over 45,000 employees, participants, and
retirees. She leads a team of approximately 25 highly
skilled and dedicated benefits professionals.

Prior to coming to Duke, Johanna worked at DePaul
University in Chicago for 12 years, directing the full
portfolio of health, retirement, and voluntary benefit
plans. Prior to her tenure at DePaul, she was with Aon
Consulting for 12 years, working as a Benefits Project

Johanna lives in Pittsboro, NC with her husband and three