Jenée Johnson, Program Innovation Leader, Mindfulness, Trauma and Racial Healing, leads the unique effort to bring mindfulness into public health practices and programs though the Trauma Informed Systems of Care Initiative in San Francisco. 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. And she is recognized by her peers as a Powerful Woman in the Mindfulness Movement in the Fall 2020 issue of Mindful Magazine. In the Spring 2020 issue of the Mount Holyoke Alumnae Quarterly Jenée was listed in the cover story: Alums To Know About.
Jenée is the founder of The Right Within Experience, an experiential mindfulness program that reclaims humanity, joy and wellbeing for Black people 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.
For 15 years, she 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 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 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 the Oakland.
“For me, the key is to know what is mine to manage and what is not. For Black people-for Black women particularly-it’s time to stop carrying the burden that is not ours to carry and to move more fully into our joy.”— Jenée Johnson, Mindful Magazine, “Now make the body still. Meditate that you may know the truth.” Ancient Khemetic Saying