Michael Johnson joined GLAD as Chief Legal Strategist in January 2022. He offers a deep passion for the law, substantial experience in organizational management and stewardship, and proven leadership on initiatives advancing racial justice and diversity, equity, inclusion, and belonging. Prior to his career transition from higher education to legal advocacy, Michael served as Western New England University School of Law’s Assistant Dean of Admissions and, most recently, Associate Dean for Law Student Affairs and Enrollment Planning.
Originally from North Carolina, Michael relocated to Boston after 18 years in Western Massachusetts. During his tenure at Western New England University, Michael served on the Diversity Design Committee, Diversity Task Force, multiple University search committees, and the Coronavirus Task Force. He has served on several Law School Admission Council committees including the Legal Affairs and Finance Committee and the LGBT Subcommittee, as well as a three-year term on the Board of Trustees. He currently serves on the MA Supreme Judicial Court Bar Admissions Character and Fitness Subcommittee.
Michael utilizes an empathic, people-centered approach to leadership. As Chief Legal Strategist he is committed to expanding and building upon GLAD’s efforts to advance LGBTQ+ rights and racial justice for communities of color, HIV+ individuals, and marginalized communities at large.