Happy Johnson (C'07)

Happy Johnson is a nationally recognized public advocate and author, committed to building cultural and environmental resilience through a social equity and sustainability framework. Witnessing the systemic displacement of young people post-Hurricane Katrina reminded him of the barriers he faced in foster care—those experiences ground the mission of Team Happy Foundation.

A proud resident of the Lower Ninth Ward in New Orleans, Johnson is a former White House Intern, W.K. Kellogg Fellow, FEMA National Achievement Award Finalist, and a graduate of Georgetown University. He also served as one of the youngest African Americans to drive an emergency response vehicle in New Orleans after the storm.

Johnson and his passion for community engagement has been featured in the world history textbook, Civics Today; TIME Magazine, CNN, Esquire, Louisiana Weekly, and C-SPAN