Vice President


Alex Johnson has nearly 20 years of successful cross-sector experience working with policymakers, nonprofits, government agencies, and philanthropy to solve complex problems and advance change. Most recently, he served as chief of staff at the California Wellness Foundation, one of the largest private health foundations in the state, where his portfolio included leading the foundation’s violence prevention strategy. Throughout his career, Alex has built coalitions with diverse stakeholders, engaged in high-impact communications, and elevated marginalized voices. At Children’s Defense Fund-California, he led statewide policy advocacy, program and organizing efforts focused on promoting educational equity and ending child poverty, among other goals. Alex served two terms on the Los Angeles County Board of Education, including a term as President, working to effectively shape policies and programs in the best interests of students and families. He began his career in New York City advocating for domestic violence victims as an assistant district attorney in Bronx County. 

Alex and his wife Ashley live in Los Angeles with their two precocious children, Alexa and Alain, and their dog Peeja.