Commissioner Gail Johnson
Term 1: May 2018 - May 2021
Gail Johnson is a commissioner in Gainesville, Florida, where she was elected at-large in 2018.
She believes her primary role as a policy maker is centering the voices of those most marginalized, and being a catalyst for inclusive decision making.
She attended Eastside High School, and graduated with a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Florida with a degree in English literature. Her previous career included founding and publishing an arts and culture magazine in Brooklyn, NY, and working at the feminist publication, BUST magazine.
When she moved to back Gainesville, she pursued her love for entertaining and food, and started a catering company and a global grab and go café at the University of Florida.
She is on the board of Planned Parenthood of South, East and North Florida, a member of Local Progress, a founding member of the Local Progress Florida Organizing team, a governor at the Library Governing Board and member of the Metropolitan Transportation and Planning Organization. She is the chair of the Race and Equity Subcommittee at the City of Gainesville, and serves on several committees for the National League of Cities, including the Race, Equity and Leadership Council, Women in Municipal Government and the Black Caucus. She formerly served on the Tourism Development Council and the Alachua County League of Cities.
She is passionate about social justice, food justice, carceral injustice and reproductive justice. She supports efforts in the city for achieving racial and gender equity, both in city government and the community at large.
From insight to implementation and every step in between, Commissioner Johnson thrives in unfamiliar territory with the intention of improving the collective experience. When she isn't spending her time at meetings, community events, talking with constituents or researching policy, she is raising a brilliant and talkative tween who dabbles in the performing arts.