Emily Johnson is the Cross Systems Planner at the DC Office of Planning (OP). In her role, she coordinates data-driven research, technical analysis, and cross system planning in OP’s Citywide Strategy and Analysis Division, helping the agency gain a deeper understanding of the gaps and opportunities of supporting healthy communities in the context of growth, capacity, and land use. Emily works to advance cross-cutting strategies related to health equity, food systems, affordable housing, sustainability, land use, and inclusive economic development in Washington, DC and integrates interdisciplinary thinking into citywide initiatives such as the Comprehensive Plan, Housing Framework for Equity and Growth, and Sustainable DC 2.0.
Emily was previously the Food Policy Analyst at OP where she supported the DC Food Policy Council and Food Policy Director with policy and data analysis, government and community stakeholder coordination, and innovative policies to support a more equitable, healthy, and sustainable District food system. In her current role, she continues to provide strategic food policy support and serves as a government representative on the Food Policy Council. Emily is passionate about working at the intersection of complex social issues impacting the health and wellbeing of DC residents, especially low-income children and their families, and creating community-driven and evidence-based policy solutions to address them. Emily has a Master’s of Public Policy from Duke University’s Sanford School of Public Policy.