Kierra Johnson death and obituary: Executive Director, Kierra Johnson cause of death
Kierra Johnson is a bisexual black woman who has served as a board member for the National Action Council and National LGBTQ Task Force. She joined the Task Force as Deputy Executive Director in 2018; however, she was already engaged with the organization before that. Johnson started her career as Executive Director for URGE, which is an LGBTQ advocacy group focusing on youth leadership and reproductive justice. As a professional with experience in organizational leadership, management, program development and youth leadership, Johnson is one of few out queer-identified women of color leading a large national LGBTQ organization.
Johnson is a national expert on reproductive and queer rights. She has testified in front of the United States House of Representatives, appeared in Newsweek, The New York Times, Fox News, Feministing.com and National Public Radio. Johnson serves on the board of directors for the Guttmacher Institute, Groundswell Fund and the General Service Foundation.
She has been honored for her leadership with several awards. These include the Women of Vision Award given by the Ms. Foundation for Women in 2013, the Young Women of Achievement Award given by WIN in 2002 and Washingtonian Magazine’s Most Influential Washingtonians Under 40 in 2009. She has also served as a board member for Center for Community Change and WIN.
Kierra Johnson is a bisexual/pansexual woman from the South. She says that the National LGBTQ Task Force makes her feel dignity, freedom, love, liberation, joy and resistance. Although she’s been advised to tone down and made invisible, she’s no stranger to the art of the code switch. The reason she started working for the Task Force is because of their tagline Be You— an act of resistance in these cultural and political times. After being announced as the next Executive Director of the Task Force, Kierra said she was honored and excited for the opportunity. Cynthia Nixon announced that she was eager to work with a team of leaders to foster long-term thinking. She also said she was looking forward to serving the LGBTQ community, particularly those most at risk. In the future, she wants to implement ongoing work from the Task Force that changes policies, hearts and minds. This would eventually lead to justice for all— not just a vision, but a reality.