Venus D. Johnson
Venus D. Johnson, a California native, was born and raised in Oakland. Mrs. Johnson currently serves as an Assistant District Attorney in Contra Costa County under the leadership of District Attorney Diana Becton, the first African American and woman to hold this position. She oversees criminal justice policy for the office, in addition to supervising the Family Violence, Homicide, Juvenile, and Community Violence Reduction Units. She is a strong advocate for restorative justice, youth diversion and other approaches rooted in community healing and resilience.
Previously, Mrs. Johnson was the Director of Public Safety for Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf where she focused on data collection as it related to addressing the root causes of violence and poverty in her hometown. Prior to this position, she was the Associate Attorney General for California Attorney General Kamala D. Harris. Her work focused particularly on criminal justice, law enforcement, police and community relations. Prior to that, Mrs. Johnson was a Deputy Attorney General in the Attorney General's Office of Legislative Affairs and prior to that served as a Deputy District Attorney in Alameda County for eight years.
Venus earned her BA in Political Science from Loyola Marymount University and her law degree from the University of the Pacific, McGeorge School of Law. She is extremely dedicated to giving back to her community and has served on a number of local and non-profit boards in the Bay Area.