Rebecca Johnson joins FIRE staff as Program Officer for Campus Outreach

By September 21, 2018

FIRE is proud to announce that Rebecca Johnson is our new Program Officer for Campus Outreach. Rebecca will work with the FIRE Student Network to help build and foster strong relationships with allied organizations and students.

“I’m really excited to use my skills as both an attorney and a community organizer to help build on existing FIRE relationships and create new ones,” Rebecca said. “Working with a wide range of organizations, from the Student Press Law Center to Black Lives Matter to the Federalist Society and all kinds of groups in between, will not just further FIRE’s mission, but will also help create long-term community activism. With my background, this role is the best of both worlds for me.”

Rebecca first became interested in First Amendment issues as a high schooler through the We the People program, which promotes constitutional and civic literacy.

Rebecca studied political science as an undergraduate at Saint Mary’s College of Notre Dame. She then earned her law degree from Michigan State University College of Law, where she was a clinician and teaching assistant for the First Amendment Law Clinic — a role that included teaching high school students about their First Amendment rights.

After law school, Rebecca worked in Washington, D.C., as a community organizer with groups that advocate for fair housing and fair lending for low and moderate income communities.

“I always knew I wanted to use my law degree in a more public service-focused role, and I did that as a community organizer  for two years, which was great,” she said. “But I really missed a lot of the due process and First Amendment work I’d left behind.”

“FIRE is an organization I’ve watched since my first year of college, and they were hiring, which was super exciting. And now I’m here.”

We’re so excited to have Rebecca put her unique skill set to work here at FIRE.

If you or your organization is interested in working with Rebecca, reach out at rebecca.johnson@thefire.org.