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Meet Our Class of 2018 Fellows: Alex Johnson

Emory University, Goizueta Business School

Alex was born and raised in the San Francisco Bay Area and attended the University of California, Davis, where he majored in Political Science. After graduating in 2009, he joined a small Bay Area-based healthcare consulting firm, managing revenue cycle improvement projects for hospitals and healthcare systems throughout the U.S. In 2014, Alex took on an exciting new role with the San Francisco 49ers, tackling data driven assignments in ticket operations and finance during the first three seasons at the team's new home, Levi's Stadium. Alex sees his involvement in ROMBA as a chance to gain the perspective and inspiration needed to be a strong role model, better connect with LGBT professionals and allies, and work toward greater inclusivity in the workplace.

What made you consider business school?

I wouldn't trade my liberal arts background for anything. I think it's why I've been able to transition well across industries and it's provided me a more multidimensional perspective on the job. But I see business school as the missing link needed to broaden my understanding of core concepts and an opportunity to round out my existing skill set with rigorous coursework, leadership coaching, and meaningful relationships you just can't get anywhere else.

What are you most excited about in terms of your time in business school?

Becoming a member of the Goizueta community! I already feel like I've become part of something very special. But I'm also looking forward to getting back in the classroom. Everything I know about business I learned on the job, so I'm excited to dig a little deeper and take risks I might not otherwise take in my work. I think it'll provide invaluable insight I can apply further down the road in my career.

Who are some leaders (in the LGBT community, in business, or in society) that most inspire you?

California Governor Jerry Brown. His ability to break down complex policy with his plainspokenness and his no-nonsense approach to governing are just a couple things I really admire. And author and activist James Baldwin, who in a lot of ways was really ahead of his time.

What's one thing everyone should know about you?

I'm the second youngest of eight kids. I think coming from such a large family has really shaped who I am as a person. I love the perspective I get from each of my siblings' unique life experiences and I think it's given me a more diplomatic disposition.