Belinda Johnson is an American attorney, the Chief Operating Officer at Airbnb and serves on the board of directors at PayPal.
Johnson announced that in March 2020, she will step down as Airbnb’s COO. She plans to join the company’s board of directors as its ninth member and third woman.
Johnson earned her Juris Doctor from the University of Texas at Austin in 1991. After her graduation, she spent several years working for law firms in the Dallas area. In 1996, Johnson was hired by Todd Wagner and Mark Cuban, co-founders of the internet radio streaming company AudioNet (Broadcast.com) as general counsel and a corporate secretary.
In 1999, Broadcast.com was purchased by Yahoo! for $5.7 billion and Johnson relocated to San Francisco Bay Area to serve as deputy general counsel for the tech company. During her tenure at Yahoo, Johnson served as the deputy general counsel for product, litigation and privacy.
In 2011, Johnson left Yahoo and joined Airbnb as the company's general counsel and the first executive hired by CEO Brian Chesky. After serving as general counsel since joining Airbnb, she was named chief business affairs and legal officer in 2015 and was responsible for overseeing compliance, civic partnerships, public policy, communications, philanthropic initiatives, employee experience and legal teams.
In 2016, Johnson was named to Fast Company's Most Creative People in Business List. In 2017, Johnson was included in Elle magazine's fourth annual Women In Tech list. She was ranked one of Forbes 100 Most Powerful Women in 2017 and 2018.
Johnson lives with her husband, Brent Johnson, a writer and former lawyer, and their two daughters in Redwood City, California.
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