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Meet LaToya & Lexi

Co-Executive Directors

   LaToya Johnson, LMSW, and Lexi Peterson Burge are the Co-Executive Directors of the New Orleans Workers' Center for Racial Justice, an organization committed to racial, gender, and immigrant justice; and dedicated to building power at the intersection of race and the economy.

  aToya Johnson, LMSW, is a forensic social worker and gender, racial, and economic justice advocate with extensive experience leading and organizing grassroots campaigns for low-income and underserved communities. As the former Organizing Director with NOWCRJ, LaToya helmed a five-person team currently taking on the city and how it plans to spend millions of dollars in American Rescue Plan dollars.

As Co-Executive Director, LaToya leads internal organizational and operations development, budgeting, donor stewardship, fundraising, and research and public policy initiatives. LaToya hostS NOWCRJ's weekly radio segment on WBOK and handles program development and management, membership growth, campaign advancement, and advocacy for safe and equitable conditions for Black and immigrant workers in Louisiana.


 exi Peterson-Burge comes to NOWCRJ with over 12 years of experience in grassroots social, racial, and criminal justice movement building. She is passionate about organizational development, cross-cultural organizing, and building sustainable movements that are inclusive and accessible for our most vulnerable community members.

Lexi's main focus areas as Co-Executive Director are external communications, public relations strategy, and all organizing efforts, including campaign development, design, and execution. She also provides additional staff development opportunities and ensures the success of the NOWCRJ language justice initiative. In addition, Lexi is managing board development, refining its recruitment processes, and advancing organizational sustainability.   



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