Johnson studied Linguistics as an undergraduate at the University of California, Riverside. On campus, they do advocacy work within queer and working class communities. Johnson believes in the strength of community work and working to cultivate a healing space that is cognizant and appreciative of people from all different backgrounds. Aside from being concerned with restorative justice, Johnson is a self-identifying nerd. They are heavily engaged with TV, film, celebrity culture and firmly identify as Rachel from the sitcom Friends.