Alexis McGill Johnson

Alexis McGill Johnson is a political strategist, writer, and organizer. She was the Executive Director of Citizen Change, a national, nonpartisan, and nonprofit organization founded by Sean “P. Diddy” Combs to educate, motivate, and empower young eligible voters. Under Combs, she launched the Vote or Die! campaign, creating a new political model for reaching young people and people of color by mixing traditional grassroots mobilization with nontraditional consumer-based marketing methods. Before joining Citizen Change, she was the Political Director to Russell Simmons’s Hip-Hop Summit Action Network. Throughout her career, she has explored shifting paradigms of identity politics in the post-civil rights era, worked to increase civic engagement among young African Americans, and investigated the implications for demographic and ideological changes of this constituency on national politics. She serves as a private consultant to a variety of organizations, donors, and artists.