Xavier Johnson is the Director of Policy Justice at the Just Cities Institute where he focuses his work on Fair Chance Housing policies, re-entry policy, as well as tenants’ rights. Previously, Xavier worked as a Tenants’ Rights Attorney at Centro Legal de la Raza. His work focuses on representing tenants in hearings with the Oakland Rent Adjustment Program. Xavier provides assistance to tenants through all stages of the petition process including providing representation at the day of the hearings. In addition, Xavier coordinates policy advocacy for the tenants’ rights team. He engages with the community through outreach and documents how tenants are being impacted by the housing crisis and what steps we can take to ensure that our tenant communities are protected.
Over his career, Xavier has worked with law firms, non-profits, and governmental entities in the realms of policy advocacy, research and community organizing. Xavier spent two years as a Congressional Aide in Congresswoman Barbara Lee’s District Office with a focus on housing and housing justice.
Xavier holds a Juris Doctorate from University of California Berkeley School of Law and a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology from University of Texas at San Antonio.