Nicole Johnson serves as the Community Engagement Manager for 1000 Friends of Oregon. Nicole works with partner organizations and community members to create an equitable and resilient Portland Metro region. She assists in developing, managing, and implementing the 2019 Land Use Leadership Initiative and 1000 Friends’ engagement on the 2019 parks and nature bond measure. She'll also be heavily involved in the anticipated 2020 transportation measure in Clackamas, Multnomah, and Washington counties.
She was born in California but moved to Oregon when she was seven. Her Senior Capstone for her B.A. in Social Work program at Portland State University sparked her passion for environmental justice issues when she worked with a local nonprofit to help refine a transit access and improvement tool. Nicole’s efforts led to several years working in the non-profit sector advancing solutions and strategies to achieve environmental justice, affordable housing, anti-displacement and youth leadership development. She believes everyone should have access to information and have a seat at the table to inform decisions that directly impact them. Prior to joining 1000 Friends of Oregon, she shifted her career focus, resulting in positions ranging from youth organizer, Politcorp fellow and youth leadership development coordinator. Nicole is excited to further the work of 1000 friends of Oregon through a diversity and equity lens and with meaningful community engagement activities.
As Governor Tom McCall famously said, "Oregon is an inspiration." For Nicole, Oregon sets the standard of intentional land use policy that connects people to nature while allowing for thriving cities. The most inspiring thing to her is the ability to find tranquility in lush forested areas directly in the city.
Nicole enjoys exploring both Portland's vibrant city vibe and Oregon’s many natural areas and hiking trails.