Myrna Johnson has been named the new executive director of Iowa Public Radio effective Jan. 27, the media organization announced Monday.

Johnson, who earned her bachelor's degree at Wartburg College, has been the executive director for the Boston Schoolyard initiative since January 2009 and has spent her 31-year career in nonprofit management, including 8 years as a government relations associate for National Public Radio.

Johnson fills the position left vacant since February when Mary Grace Herrington, who had been CEO since January 2009, was fired by the board of directors.

“After an extensive search process that began in April we are pleased Myrna has agreed to join us on January 27," said Douglas West, chair of the search committee. "Her impressive resume, exceptional references, adept interview and public presentation skills give us great confidence in her leadership and her fundraising capabilities. I’m confident our staff, board, donors, underwriters and listeners will enjoy working with her.”

Johnson, who also has a master's degree in public administration from Harvard University, was also managing director of the National Forum on Children and Nature and director of government affairs for the Outdoor Industry Association.