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Biography

Happy Johnson is a nationally recognized public advocate and author.

He served as one of the youngest African Americans to drive an Emergency Response Vehicle in New Orleans post-Katrina and has dedicated his life to building cultural and environmental resilience through a social equity and sustainability framework.

The systemic displacement of young people after the storm reflected the adversity he faced in foster care. Those experiences ground the mission of Team Happy Foundation. A proud resident of the Lower Ninth Ward, he is a former White House Intern, W.K. Kellogg Fellow, FEMA National Achievement Award Finalist, and graduate of Georgetown University.

TIME Magazine features his passion for collaborative leadership in the world history textbook Civics Today. News coverage includes CNN, Esquire, Louisiana Weekly, and C-SPAN.

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