January 2020 Church & State Magazine | People & Events

Alicia Johnson has joined Americans United’s Outreach and Engagement Department as national organizer and student network manager.

A native of Connecticut, Johnson previously worked at the American Heart Association, Common Cause and in advocacy and communications positions at Planned Parenthood of Massachusetts. She holds a degree in linguistics and women’s studies from Boston College.

"I’ve spent the past decade as an organizer and policy advocate working to build a world where all people have the freedom and resources to lead healthy, fulfilled lives,” Johnson said. “Core to that vision is the ability to practice one’s faith or none at all and to live free from discrimination and oppression. I’m excited to work for Americans United at this important political moment, building power with young people and advocates from across the country to protect the rights of LGBTQ people, people seeking abortion and birth control, religious minorities, and all those who have been harmed by religion-based discrimination.”

In the position, Johnson will put a special focus on mobilizing youth activists to build a new generation of supporters for the work of Americans United.

“Young people care deeply about issues such as reproductive justice, LGBTQ rights, access to education and freedom from discrimination,” Johnson said. “This is an exciting time to step into my new role because at AU’s National Advocacy Summit (NAS) in March, members of the Youth Advisory Council and other students from across the country will join us to learn, connect and advocate in the halls of Congress and build the movement for separation of religion and government.

“At NAS and beyond, I’m eager to support the leadership of student activists working to protect LGBTQ people, women and religious minorities from religion-based discrimination in their communities.”