Aja Johnson Outreach Director

Born and raised in Chicago, Aja grew up always knowing that she wanted to use her voice to help others. Aja graduated from Howard University in Washington, D.C. with a degree in journalism. She went on to obtain a master’s degree in education leadership from Howard University and is currently a doctoral student at the University of Southern California, where she is earning her doctorate in education.

Prior to starting her career in education, Aja worked as a journalist who left the field to pursue equity for all students as a teacher. While teaching early childhood in Washington, D.C., Aja realized that to fight for equity and access for all students, teachers needed to be at the decision-making level. She stepped out of the classroom to hold positions with the National School Boards Association and the Southern Education Foundation, where she used her platform as a former teacher to help fight for teachers and students at a national level. 

As a member of the E4E-Los Angeles team, Aja is excited to continue to push for equitable educational experiences for students while helping teachers be at the helm of policy-related decisions and discussions.

"LA students and educators are a vibrant reflection of the country. As an outreach director, I push the needle for more teacher-led advocacy efforts that lead to equitable outcomes for students."