Alex T. Johnson is the senior policy advisor for Europe and Eurasia at the Open Society Foundations in Washington, D.C. Johnson is a former Obama Administration appointee at the Department of Defense where he served as Special Advisor for Russia/Ukraine External Affairs in the Office of the Under Secretary of Defense (Policy). In this role he coordinated public affairs, strategic communications, and congressional engagements for teams supporting the Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Russia, Ukraine, and Eurasia.
Johnson served from 2007 to 2015 as a policy advisor at the Commission on Security and Cooperation in Europe (U.S. Helsinki Commission), where he advised bicameral and bipartisan contributions to U.S. multilateral diplomacy on fundamental freedoms and human security in Eurasia, Europe, and the Near East. His service included almost four years as Representative of the Helsinki Commission at the United States Mission to the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe in Vienna, Austria.
Johnson was a Congressional Black Caucus Foundation fellow in the office of U.S. Representative Alcee L. Hastings and a consultant for local government initiatives in Portland and Corvallis, Oregon. Johnson holds a BS in natural resources and an MPP, both from Oregon State University.