Jenée Johnson, Program Innovation Leader, Mindfulness, Trauma and Racial Healing, pioneered and leads the unique effort to bring mindfulness into public health practices and programs though the Trauma Informed Systems of Care Initiative in the San Francisco Department of Public Health. Her goal is to improve the organization’s ability to manage change, stay resilient, inspire growth and become a mindful culture that leads and serves with compassion.
Her work is featured as the cover story in the October 2019 issue of Mindful Magazine. She is recognized in the Fall 2020 issue of Mindful Magazine as one of twelve women leaders of the mindfulness movement. In the Spring 2020 issue of the Mount Holyoke Alumnae Quarterly Jenée is listed in the cover story: "Alums to Know About."
Jenée is the Founder of The Right Within Experience, a mindfulness immersion program that reclaims humanity, joy, and wellbeing for people of African ancestry through mindfulness practices. These are the human rights and exalted emotions that are eroded in Black lives through the consistent exposure to the trauma of racism. The Right Within Experience expands the scope of mindful practice to acknowledge its ancient African lineage and increase access and relevance to people of African ancestry. The program promotes healing and sovereignty for Black people and is curated for those on the front line of community service and social justice missions. The Right Within Experience is funded by the Kataly Foundation.
For 15 years, Jenée served as the Director of the San Francisco Black Infant Health Program, a program which provides direct service to Black pregnant women and new mothers to address the health disparities in infant and maternal mortality.
Jenée Johnson is a HeartMath certified trainer, certified professional co-active coach, and certified by the globally recognized Search Inside Yourself Leadership Institute to teach mindfulness and emotional intelligence based on the latest neuroscience. She is a trauma trainer, Emotional Emancipation Circles Facilitator (Association of Black Psychologists), and certified to teach Femme! a meditative movement and wellness modality for women. She is a keynote speaker, coach, and consultant with Sankofa Holistic Counseling Services in Oakland, CA. Jenée has been invited to serve on the Advisory Board of Search Inside Yourself Leadership Institute.
Jenée is a native New Yorker with Caribbean and Southern roots. She resides in Oakland with her husband and young adult son.
“Surviving is important. Thriving is elegant.” —Maya Angelou
“Now make the body still. Meditate that you may know the truth.” —Ancient Khemetic Saying