Alex M. Johnson is the Managing Director for Californians for Safety and Justice. He leads the implementation of the organization’s overall strategy and goals to advance best practices in criminal justice; build coalitions with diverse stakeholders; engage in high-impact communications; and elevate the voices of diverse crime survivors in the debate on public safety policy.
Prior to joining Californians for Safety and Justice, Alex served as Executive Director for the Children’s Defense Fund-California (CDF-CA). He led the organizations statewide advocacy, policy, program and organizing efforts to ensure access to quality affordable health coverage and care for children and low income families, reforming the juvenile justice system, promoting educational equity, and ending child poverty. During his tenure the organization grew significantly and deepened its impact within the state. Alex served as Assistant Senior Deputy for Education and Public Safety to Los Angeles County Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas. He worked with school instructional leaders in the New York City Department of Education prior to returning to Los Angeles County. Alex began his career as an Assistant District Attorney in the Bronx, New York where he advocated for victims of domestic violence.
Alex is a graduate of Morehouse College and earned his Juris Doctor from American University, Washington College of Law.
He is Vice-President of the Los Angeles County Board of Education, and serves on the California Racial and Identity Profiling Advisory Board, the Board of Directors for the Arts for Incarcerated Youth Network (AIYN), the National Advisory Committee for the Creative Youth Development National Partnership, and the Wiley Center for Speech and Language Development.
He is a regular contributor to the Huffington Post and his articles covering a wide-range of topics have appeared in La Opinion, Los Angeles Daily News, Sacramento Bee, San Jose Mercury News, Youth Today, Los Angeles Wave, LA Focus, Juvenile Justice Information Exchange, the California Health Report and other publications.