Alexis McGill Johnson
Planned Parenthood Federation of America
Alexis McGill Johnson is the chair of Planned Parenthood Federation of America (PPFA). A thought-leader whose work spans politics, academia, and social activism, Ms. Johnson also understands the challenges and opportunities for PPFA as the health care and fundraising landscapes continue to shift. Her career and philanthropy have always, at their core, focused on improving the lives of young people with an emphasis on youth of color.
Prior to her election as chair, Ms. Johnson joined the PPFA Board of Directors in 2011 and served on several committees. During this time, Alexis broadened PPFA's philanthropic reach and cultivated donors from her extensive network who are committed to protecting women's access to reproductive health care.
As an academic, Ms. Johnson has taught political science at both Yale and Wesleyan Universities. During the 2004 election cycle, she served as executive director of CitizenChange, a leading nonprofit founded by Sean "P. Diddy" Combs aimed to educate young voters — with a focus on diverse backgrounds — through grassroots and tailored social media efforts. Before CitizenChange and launching the "Vote or Die!" campaign, Ms. Johnson was political director to Russell Simmons.
Ms. Johnson is currently the executive director at the American Values Institute, an Institute for America's Future project that uses evidence-based practices to combat prejudice in society. In addition to chairing PPFA, she serves on the boards of Center for Social Inclusion, and Air Traffic Control; and previously served on the boards of the New York Civil Liberties Union, and Citizen Engagement Lab. She is also a founder of the Culture Group as well as a frequent commentator on FOX News, CNN, MSNBC, and in the press.
A native of Morristown, NJ, she received her bachelor of arts from Princeton University and a master's from Yale University. She and her husband, Rob Johnson, live in New York with their two daughters, Sara Jean and Dylan Katherine.