Derric J. Johnson

Placed Leader

Derric J. Johnson

Founding Director, Equity & Justice Institute
Crossroads School for Arts & Sciences

August 17, 2018

Koya partnered with the Search Committee at Crossroads School for Arts and Sciences on their search for a Founding Director of the Equity & Justice Institute, resulting in Derric J. Johnson as the placed leader.

Derric serves as a member of the senior leadership team at Crossroads and utilizes his life’s work in social justice advocacy to oversee equity and justice education on campus, build and strengthen the School’s relationships with partner organizations and support community action.

In his role, Derric collaborates with students, parents, alumni, faculty and staff and the entire School community to make an impact on local, national and global issues. Under Derric’s leadership, the Crossroads School Equity & Justice Institute will develop a cohesive and comprehensive approach to social justice teaching and community engagement, solidifying Crossroads’ founding commitment to the greater community.

Derric has extensive experience in establishing and implementing youth-focused programs. He has served in a number of leadership positions in nonprofits, including the California Community Foundation, the MLK Community Health Foundation, the Alliance for Children’s Rights and the Community Oriented Correctional Health Services in Oakland.

He recently served as senior deputy for public safety and justice for the Office of Los Angeles County Board Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas. During his tenure, Derric’s numerous legislative achievements include: establishing the Civilian Oversight Commission of the Sheriff’s Department to increase transparency and decrease officer-involved shootings; establishing the Fair Chance Ordinance for LA County that would eliminate restrictions on employment opportunities based solely on criminal convictions; attaining $30M increase in State allocations for court-appointed dependency counsel to improve protections for foster youth in California. He also procured $5M from the State’s Juvenile Justice and Crime Prevention funds to support restorative justice and community-based programs to divert youth from the juvenile justice system.

Derric earned his Master’s in Public Administration from Baruch College-City University of New York, and completed his Master’s in Business Management from Azusa Pacific University. He earned his Bachelor’s in Psychology and Sociology from Pitzer College.