Alex Martin Johnson

Alex Martin Johnson is a program director at The California Wellness Foundation where he manages grantmaking related to preventing violence and strengthening community clinics. He previously served as managing director of Californians for Safety and Justice (CSJ) and as executive director of Children’s Defense Fund-California (CDF-CA), Alex is an accomplished policy shaper, skilled legal practitioner, and influential advocate. His strategic leadership has advanced policy, programmatic, organizing and advocacy efforts across diverse sectors including education, criminal/juvenile justice reform, poverty reduction, health, and improving outcomes for communities of color.

As a current member, and past president of the Los Angeles County Board of Education, he works collaboratively with the superintendent and board to oversee the education system for the nation’s largest juvenile justice system, the state’s largest Head Start grantee program serving more than 13,000 preschool children, programs serving homeless, foster, and special education students, and an annual budget exceeding $630 million.

A graduate of Morehouse College and American University, Washington College of Law, Alex led education and public safety policy, as well as, programmatic efforts for Los Angeles County Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas. He began his legal career in New York City advocating for domestic violence victims as an assistant district attorney in Bronx County. Subsequently, he joined the Office of General Counsel for the NYC Department of Education.

Alex is a 2017-2018 Marshall Memorial Fellow and serves on the National Advisory Committee for Creative Youth Development and the board of The Wiley Center for Speech and Language Development. He was a founding board member of Arts for Incarcerated Youth Network (AIYN). Alex’s writings have appeared in numerous publications including the Huffington Post, Los Angeles Daily News and Sacramento Bee.

Alex is married to Dr. Ashley Wiley Johnson and they are the proud parents of a precious daughter, Alexa Danielle.