Jessica Johnson is a co-founder of Groundwork Co-Creative, a consultancy focused on supporting progressive organizations. Previously, she was deputy director of the Texas Fair Defense Project in Austin, where she also worked as pro bono program director. Immediately after graduating from law school, she worked as a fellow at SafePlace, a domestic violence shelter in Austin, providing legal services to residents and engaging in outreach to the African American community. Her work at SafePlace was funded by a Justice Center Fellowship in Public Interest Law. After her fellowship, she worked for several years as a staff attorney at Texas RioGrande Legal Aid in Austin.
At Texas Law, Johnson participated in the Criminal Defense Clinic, the Children’s Rights Clinic, and the Domestic Violence Clinic. She clerked for the Texas Civil Rights Project, the Travis County Mental Health Public Defender, Disability Rights Texas, and the Texas Advocacy Project, all in Austin.