David Johnson is Criminal Justice Organizer at Grassroots Leadership. Through a two-year Peer Policy Fellowship from the Hogg Foundation for Mental Health, Johnson supports Grassroot Leadership's efforts to promote the effective treatment of mental illness and substance use as an alternative to their criminalization. His lived experience as a formerly incarcerated person thriving in active recovery from addiction with a mental health diagnosis frames and contributes to this work. He is an active volunteer and recovery ambassador for Solstice Recovery Foundation, an Austin-based non-profit that supports addiction recovery. He also actively supports Oxford House, Austin Recovery, RecoveryATX, and NAMI.