Morgan Johnson

Kahlil Kettering is the UrbMorgan Johnson, Esq. is an environmental justice activist and advocate and the Staff Attorney at Waterkeepers Chesapeake. Her love for the Chesapeake and Coastal Bays stem from trips to the Chesapeake and James River, as well as her time spent on the Potomac and Anacostia rivers while she was in D.C., interning for the Obama Administration's White House Community Solutions Team, housed within OMB. Her family's own experiences with environmental racism brought her to this field, and is the reason she became an attorney.  Johnson is a 2020 graduate of the University of New Mexico School of Law, where she earned her Juris Doctor and an Environmental Law Certificate. During law school she served as a clinical law student and clinic fellow working on environmental justice issues, legislative legal analysis, regulatory policymaking and water law matters. The body of Johnson’s professional experiences range from local to federal and non-profit to governmental. She is passionate about leveraging her public policy skills and legal training to advocate for people, places, and species. Johnson also serves on the board of The Birthing Project USA, a global organization working to improve birth outcomes for Black mothers and babies.an Conservation Director for the Maryland/D.C. chapter of The Nature Conservancy. He develops their urban conservation strategy in D.C. and Baltimore, centered on implementing projects that elevate clean urban waterways, quality of life in urban communities, and the benefits nature provides to people in cities. His work focuses on the ability to achieve environmental conservation outcomes through private equity investments via the new Stormwater Retention Credit market in D.C., strategic tree canopy expansion, the creation of urban green spaces for the benefit of nature and people, and engaging young people as environmental advocates. Before moving back to his hometown of Washington, D.C., Kettering worked as an environmental analyst in Miami, FL advocating for the protection and restoration of Everglades and Biscayne National Parks. He has a Master’s in Global Environmental Policy from American University and a Master’s in Public Management from the University of Maryland.

Morgan Johnson is an environmental justice activist and advocate and the Staff Attorney at Waterkeepers Chesapeake. Her love for the Chesapeake and Coastal Bays stem from trips to the Chesapeake and James River, as well as her time spent on the Potomac and Anacostia rivers while she was in D.C., interning for the Obama Administration's White House Community Solutions Team, housed within OMB.

Her family's own experiences with environmental racism brought her to this field, and is the reason she became an attorney. Johnson is a 2020 graduate of the University of New Mexico School of Law, where she earned her Juris Doctor and an Environmental Law Certificate. During law school she served as a clinical law student and clinic fellow working on environmental justice issues, legislative legal analysis, regulatory policymaking and water law matters. The body of Johnson’s professional experiences range from local to federal and non-profit to governmental.

She is passionate about leveraging her public policy skills and legal training to advocate for people, places, and species. Johnson also serves on the board of The Birthing Project USA, a global organization working to improve birth outcomes for Black mothers and babies.