Emmie Johnson, MPPChief Strategy Officer
Emmie Johnson is the Chief Strategy Officer for Physicians for a Healthy California (PHC), where she is responsible for implementing PHC's strategic plan, identifying and executing growth opportunities, and developing strategic alliances that promote health equity, community health, and diversity in California's physician workforce.
Prior to joining PHC, Ms. Johnson owned her own public affairs consultancy, EMJ Public Affairs, where she partnered with clients to identify and execute on strategic opportunities to advance their business, policy, and political goals. She managed advocacy and communications campaigns around legislation, having worked on issues relating to the state budget, Denti-Cal coverage, prior authorization, gas tax, single-payer health care, cap and trade, land use, bail reform, and other hot button issues.
In 2022, Ms. Johnson served on the campaign for No on the Medical Lawsuit Initiative which ended when a landmark deal was struck between proponents and opponents and signed into law by Governor Gavin Newsom. She also has worked on campaigns on behalf of Governor Newsom, Attorneys General Rob Bonta and Xavier Becerra, Insurance Commissioner Ricardo Lara, State Senator Angelique Ashby, the San Francisco 49ers, Yes on Prop 27 (online sports betting), No on Prop 21 and No on Prop 10 (2020 and 2018, respectively, rent control), Yes on Prop 13 (school bond, 2020), and Yes on Prop E (San Francisco flavored tobacco ban, 2018), for which she won the Silver Award for Best Use of Data Analytics/Machine Learning from the American Association of Political Consultants (AAPC). Prior to that, she was the deputy campaign manager for Yes on Prop 56 (tobacco tax) in 2016 where she oversaw coalition development, media relations and social media, for which she won the Gold Award for Best Use of Social Media by AAPC. In 2014, she served as the social media director for No on Prop 46 (medical malpractice).
Prior to founding EMJ Public Affairs, Ms. Johnson was Vice President/Director of Public Affairs and Digital Strategy in the Sacramento office of global public affairs firm APCO Worldwide, where she oversaw management of clients' owned, earned and paid online media and ensured that work was aligned with offline communication activities. She also managed a national grassroots issue advocacy campaign with more than 200,000 active advocates.
Ms. Johnson began her career at Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America (PhRMA) in Washington, DC, most recently as Director of Alliances, Affordability and Access.
In 2015, Ms. Johnson was named "40 Under 40" by the AAPC. She holds a master's degree in health and regulatory policy from Georgetown's McCourt School of Public Policy and a bachelor's degree in political science and the administration of justice from Rutgers College at Rutgers University.
Ms. Johnson lives in Roseville with her husband, college- and high-school aged sons, and two dogs. She serves as the President of her son's high school basketball booster program.