We Raise NJ Leadership

In November 2016, Tish Johnson, JD was selected as the new Coalition Manager of We Raise New Jersey.

Tish Johnson has over 15 years of combined financial, government, legal and corporate knowledge that she is excited to bring to the education advocacy sector. Raised in Irvington, NJ, she is keenly aware of the impact that a quality education can have.

After completing law school, Tish realized she no longer had the desire to practice law, but was interested in developing a career centered on community engagement and outreach. She relocated back to New Jersey and became a legislative aide in Newark, where she was responsible for building community partnerships and relationships, developing and supporting programs and initiatives and analyzing impending policies.

In 2014, Tish founded The Groundwork Agency, a capacity building firm, whose ultimate goal is to “help people, help people.” Through TGA, Tish has worked with charter school networks, women’s shelters, traditional public schools and various nonprofit organizations to ensure they are reaching their maximum potential by developing impactful programming and forming collaborative partnerships that allow them to have a great impact on the communities they serve.

Tish is currently the co-chair of the program committee for the I Have A Dream Foundation-Newark and legal advisor for Girls: Live, Love, Laugh, Inc. She is the former chair of the Civic and Economics Committee for the Urban League of Essex County Young Professionals. Tish has completed the Education Pioneers and Leadership Newark Fellowships and is an adjunct professor at Essex County Community College. Tish is a 50CAN Education Advocate Fellow, and has completed the Education Pioneers.

Contact Tish Johnson at weraisenj@gmail.com