Joel Johnson strengthens and expands the expertise of Community Solutions Consulting in several areas, specializing in the various aspects of healthcare and criminal justice. Prior to joining CSC, Joel had worked nearly ten years in these fields. Joel left direct involvement in these fields to begin working in public advocacy.
After working with the Utah Association of Counties during the legislative general session in 2011, Joel was recruited to become the Director of Advocacy for the Utah Support Advocates for Recovery Awareness (USARA). USARA is the largest public advocacy group that advocates on behalf of funding for the recovery community. While serving in this position, Joel was also recruited to serve as the Interim Executive Director of the Salt Lake County Democratic Party. Joel served in this role for approximately six months before taking a position to serve as Deputy Director of the Capitol Hill Association. The Capitol Hill Association is the largest trade association representing the lobbying community in the State of Utah.
Joel is one of the founding partners of CSC. Since becoming a contract lobbyist, he has had countless successes on policy initiatives and funding priorities. He currently serves as chairman of the board of the Helping Hand Association (the Haven) and holds various other positions with multiple nonprofit associations, representing a variety of industries. His advice is heavily valued and sought after by many professionals, particularly in the behavioral health and criminal justice industries.
Joel believes the most important qualities in any business relationship are those of honesty and integrity. Joel loves living in Utah and currently resides in Draper with his wife Ashlyn, and his two children Jaxon and Emery.