Andrew Johnson

Andrew Johnson is a writer, speaker, and community activist who has worked on a variety of projects focused on issues of hunger, education, justice, and grassroots organizing. He holds a BA in Communication from William Jewell College and an MFA in Creative Writing from UMKC. He became executive director of Pilgrim Center in 2014.

Previously, Andrew developed programs and managed community food drives for four years at Harvesters – The Community Food Network. He left Harvesters to earn his MFA at UMKC, where he also taught composition courses and interned for the New Letters literary journal. Following grad school, Andrew co-founded the Midtown Community School Initiative, a grassroots group of parents focused on improving education opportunities in Midtown Kansas City.

Andrew’s writing has been featured in Guernica Daily, The Kansas City Star, Crazyhorse, and elsewhere. He has been an invited speaker at Saint Andrew’s Christian Church, The Open Table, and on KCUR’s Central Standard. He was a panelist at the NewSchools Summit, The Lean Lab, and the “Justice in the Embers” Talk Back Sessions. He has been a guest workshop facilitator at Hallmark and elsewhere. He lives in South Hyde Park with his wife Kristen and their three children.

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