Anne Johnson is the Executive Director of Generation Progress, the youth division of the Center for American Progress. Prior to joining CAP, Anne was a Senior Campaign Specialist at the National Education Association, where she focused on grassroots fundraising, creating opportunities for young members, and managing political engagement programs and electoral campaigns. Prior to NEA, Anne served as the national field director for SEIU COPE, supervising a staff of union organizers to develop local and national fundraising and political engagement programs.
Originally from Minnesota, Anne was the Deputy Field Director on Paul Wellstone’s 2002 re-election campaign. After the campaign Anne helped found Wellstone Action, a nonprofit civic engagement training organization. Through her work she has become a respected expert on youth issues and political engagement. She has also consulted with numerous state and federal candidates and progressive organizations to develop young voter turnout programs and national issue campaigns.
Anne has developed curricula and led trainings for numerous organizations and campaigns, including Obama for America, in addition to leading trainings and giving presentations on Millennial engagement and the political process in Turkey, Italy, the United Kingdom, Canada and India. She has also worked with the National Democratic Institute’s Middle East and North Africa Program on political trainings and election monitoring in the West Bank.
A University of Minnesota graduate, Anne began her career working at the United Nations in Geneva, Switzerland, as a fellow at the Sub-Commission for the Promotion and Protection of Human Rights.