David J. Johns is known for his passion, public policy acumen and fierce advocacy for youth.
On September 1, 2017, David Johns began his next life chapter as the executive director of the National Black Justice Coalition (NBJC)—a civil rights organization dedicated to the empowerment of Black lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer (LGBTQ) people, including people living with HIV/AIDS. NBJC’s mission is to end racism, homophobia, and LGBTQ bias and stigma.
Prior to joining NBJC, Johns was appointed as the first executive director of the White House Initiative on Educational Excellence for African Americans (Initiative) by President Barack H. Obama. Johns also served as a senior education policy advisor to the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) under the leadership of U.S. Senator Tom Harkin (D-Iowa) and was a Congressional Black Caucus Foundation Fellow in the office of Congressman Charles Rangel (D-NY).
Johns has been featured as an influential politico and advocate by several publications and outlets, including TheRoot.com, NBC, EBONY and The Washington Post. Johns is a prominent strategist who offers commentary for several media outlets including BET, CNN, EducationPost and TV One.
David is currently pursuing his Ph.D. in sociology and education policy at Columbia University. Johns obtained a master’s degree in sociology and education policy at Teachers College, Columbia University. Johns was named to the Root100 in both 2013 and 2014, selected as a member of the Ebony Power 100 in 2015.
Speaker Talk Schedule
|August 03, 2018 - 11:00 AM - 12:15 PM||Social Hustle: Leveraging Technology for Professional Development|
|August 03, 2018 - 8:30 AM - 10:30 AM||Plenary III: No Ceilings on Success: The Politics and Practices of Urban Education|