Anne Johnson is the Managing Principal at Grassroots Solutions, overseeing firm strategy and operations. Prior to joining Grassroots Solutions Anne was the Executive Director at Generation Progress, the youth arm of Center for American Progress. In that role, she created some of the nation’s most successful millennial-focused campaigns, including It’s On Us, a national effort to stop sexual assault. Anne has worked with progressive organizations, think tanks, labor unions and political parties in Canada, Belgium, India, Turkey, the United Kingdom and the United States to develop grassroots engagement programs for electoral and issue-based campaigns.
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 youth political training organization. Through her work she has become a respected expert on youth issues, partnering with organizations such as People for the American Way, the Center for American Progress, Rock the Vote, the Student PIRGS, and many others. She has also consulted with numerous state and federal candidates and progressive organizations on developing young voter turnout programs around the country. Anne has also worked on state and federal Get Out The Vote programs on both the candidate and independent side.
Anne has developed curricula and led trainings for numerous organizations and campaigns, including Obama for America. 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 and Gaza.
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.