Amber Johnson, PhD

Job title: 
Assistant Vice Chancellor and Chief of Staff

Pronouns - they/them

As a scholar/artist/activist, Dr. Johnson’s research and activism focus on narratives of identity, protest, healing, and social justice in digital media, popular media, and everyday lived experiences. As a polymath, their mixed-media artistry involves working with metals, recycled and reclaimed goods, photography, poetry, percussion, and paint to interrogate systems of oppression and create capacity for different, critical futures. Dr. Amber Johnson is the Assistant Vice Chancellor and Chief of Staff in the Division for Equity & Inclusion at University of California, Berkeley. Prior to joining the administrative team at UC Berkeley, Dr. Johnson served as an award-winning Professor of Communication and Social Justice and as Executive Director and co-founder of The Institute for Healing Justice and Equity at Saint Louis University.  Dr. Johnson specializes in community engagement, humanizing equity, and exploring the relationship between healing justice and equity. Dr. Johnson is also the founding director of The Justice Fleet ™, a mobile social justice museum that fosters healing through art, dialogue, pleasure, and play. Dr. Johnson created The Justice Fleet to experiment with methodologies that re-imagine community engagement, healing justice, humanized equity, and critical futures.  

Office Goals:

  • To streamline processes and increase accessibility for Immediate Office and divisional operations;

  • To track, communicate, and operationalize divisional initiatives and strategic priorities;

  • To provide strategic advice, consultation, and critical thought partnership to a diverse set of stakeholders in both administrative and academic departments regarding how to advance diversity, equity, inclusion, belonging, and justice within a university setting.

Virtual Office Hours:

Appointments are available through Zoom.

Services provided:

  • Strategic planning and consultations

  • Staffing high-level executive committees, initiatives & task forces

  • Developing equity centered guidelines and toolkits



104 California Hall #1500 Berkeley, CA 94720-1500