Sanford Johnson

Mississippi Executive Director

Sanford Johnson

Sanford Johnson (he/him/his) has been the Executive Director of Teach Plus Mississippi since 2020. Mississippi Policy Fellows have been involved in increasing teacher pay, strengthening the state’s teacher pipeline, and increasing access to mental health resources. Sanford also supports the work of Teach Plus Arkansas, which launched a Policy Fellowship and Teacher Network in 2021.

Prior to joining Teach Plus, Sanford was the Deputy Director and co-founder of Mississippi First (MSF), an education policy research and advocacy organization. He also served as a founding member of the Mississippi Sex Ed Training Cadre. Sanford serves on the board for Teen Health Mississippi, the Mississippi Alliance of Nonprofits and Philanthropy,  and chairs the Clarksdale Municipal Elections Commission.

Sanford holds a B.A. from Auburn University and a M.P.S from the University of Arkansas Clinton School of Public Service. He lives in Clarksdale with his wife, Amanda, and their two daughters, Lorelei and Ava.