Katrina Johnson is the Senior Community Organizer with VOCAL-WA with an emphasis in building power for marginalized people. Before joining PDA, Katrina worked for Real Escape from the Sex Trade (REST) for just under two years as support staff in REST’s emergency receiver shelter in South Seattle, receiving and supporting informal police diversion of survival sex workers to community-based resources.
Katrina became a social justice activist/advocate and spokesperson for her family in June of 2017, after her first cousin Charleena Lyles was killed in her home in North Seattle after police officers responded to the location to investigate a theft Charleena had reported. Katrina works with other families who have lost loved ones to the use of lethal force in Washington state, as well as local nonprofits working to improve policy on the use of lethal force, emphasize de-escalation, reduce instances of deadly force, and improve police-community relations. Katrina volunteers with local nonprofit Not This Time where she gathered signatures for I940 and supported the resolution negotiated by De-Escalate WA and law enforcement leaders that resulted in House Bill 3003, modifying I940 after it was adopted by the legislature. As part of the HB 3003 negotiation process and in defending that outcome from a lawsuit by Tim Eyman, Katrina worked with an unprecedented alliance of civil rights and police leaders that included the Washington Association of Sheriffs and Police Chiefs (WASPC), WACOPS and the Fraternal Order of Police (FOP).
Katrina has been a guest speaker in various cities and states on police reform, served as a panelist locally, nationally, and internationally on police reform, state sponsored violence, and bridging the gap between police and communities for healing. Katrina organizes events, and authored an op-ed piece for BET.com.