Kaisha S. Johnson

Founding Director
Women of Color in the Arts

Kaisha S. Johnson is the Founding Director of Women of Color in the Arts (WOCA), a national service network dedicated to creating racial equity in the performing arts. Kaisha co-founded WOCA to help raise the voice and visibility of women of color with the intent of cultivating a field where everyone has a seat at the table. Prior to her work with WOCA, Kaisha served as a program director at the Center for Traditional Music and Dance, organizing NYC immigrant artist communities and presenting performance traditions from around the world. Kaisha has worked across the globe and operating with an anti-racist framework, Kaisha serves as a thought partner providing consultation to organizations to help foster understanding about equity and race and their impact on organizational culture, structure, and systems. A resident of NYC, initially Kaisha got her start in her hometown of Houston, Texas as a classically-trained violinist. Ms. Johnson holds a Bachelor's degree in music from Hampton University, a Master’s in music business from NYU and has done post-graduate work in ethnomusicology. Kaisha has over 20-years experience as an arts manager and is a proud alumna of the Intercultural Leadership Institute. Ms. Johnson is a staunch advocate for the arts, believing in its innate ability to create social change.