Senior Policy Advisor
Cabrini Green Legal Aid (CGLA)
Beth Johnson began her legal career as a staff attorney in the newly created Criminal Records Program at Cabrini Green Legal Aid (CGLA). She became supervisor of the program and then served as the Director of Legal Programs for five years. During this time, Beth led the programmatic development and alignment with the organization’s strategic plan of focusing its services on individuals, families, and communities impacted by the criminal justice system.
In 2018, Beth transitioned into her current role as Senior Policy Advisor, focusing her efforts on growing and expanding the policy and advocacy work of the organization. During her tenure at CGLA, Beth has represented thousands of clients in all areas related to mitigation of criminal records and has worked successfully with other advocacy groups to improve the courts, the laws, and society’s perception and response to crime and punishment. She is actively engaged in the development and execution of community and stakeholder outreach and education and has trained, mentored and supervised hundreds of attorneys.
Among numerous awards, Beth was selected as a 2014 Chicago Community Trust Emerging Leader fellow, which focuses on growth in criminal justice advocacy and policy work and in 2015 was honored with Community Renewal Society’s Partner Award (in tandem with Sam Tuttle of Heartland Alliance).