About Us

Kierra Johnson

Executive Director

KierraJohnson_edit_smallKierra heads the leading pro-choice organization working to mobilize and provide support for the diverse, upcoming generation of leaders. Through her leadership, she promotes the organization’s values of shared power and authority; youth-controlled agendas; collaboration and partnership; constituent-specific strategies; learning; and diversity and inclusion. Kierra speaks clearly and powerfully about the need to engage young people and surface young leaders across progressive movements.

With many years of experience in the field, Kierra is a leader in the reproductive justice and progressive movements. She has lifted up the value of regional and cross-movement collaborations to foster youth leadership development that will strengthen the pro-choice progressive base in crucial communities in the United States. Often sought after for her expertise on youth and reproductive justice, Kierra has fostered dialogue between major national organizations and local activists to raise the voices of young people on the ground in the national debate.

In more than a decade at URGE, Kierra has transformed URGE’s image, voice and mission from a pro-choice organization with a youth project into a dynamic, youth-led and youth-focused organization. As URGE’s national field director, she helped URGE become more campaign-oriented. As development director, she developed URGE’s first individual donor program. Universities and other progressive organizations and conferences have often called upon her to speak to the importance of youth leadership and train young leaders. Kierra has bolstered the conversation around youth and reproductive justice through her contribution to print, radio, television and online media, including the New York Times, RH Reality Check, Feministing.com, Newsweek, Fox News and National Public Radio.

Hailing from the great state of Georgia, Kierra’s journey with URGE started as a participant in the National Gloria Steinem Leadership Institute in 1999. She was then awarded the Maxine Waters Reproductive Freedom Fellowship in 2000. Kierra is the 2002 recipient of the Young Women of Achievement Award from the Women’s Information Network (WIN) and now sits on the advisory council for WIN. She serves on the National LGBTQ Task Force National Action Committee and is a board member of the Groundswell Fund.