Flohisha Johnson (Johnson) was born and raised in Newark with her parents and two siblings. She is the mother of two sons: Tyler, a freshman, and Taylor, a seventh grader, who both attend North Star Academy as founding students. Flohisha attended Newark Public Schools at Clinton Avenue Elementary School and Louise A. Spencer as a Gifted and Talented student—and also Arts High School, where she majored in drama. Following high school, she attended Kean University, where she majored in Criminal Justice.
After Kean University, Flohisha began her career at Prudential as a Mutual Fund Representative. After three years at Prudential and following in the footsteps of her father, an Operating Engineer, she began working for Urban Renewal in Newark as a Site Administrative Assistant during the renovation process of 165 Halsey Street. She then began working for Hill International of Marlton, NJ, where she supervised her first project, the Traffic Management Center for the NJ State Police Department with more than $250 million dollars budget. She currently works at Local 108 on the African American Heritage Parades Festival Organization Inc.
Flohisha has been recognized throughout Newark as an unwavering education advocate for students in all public schools. She is currently serving her fourth term as President of the Parent Council at North Star Vailsburg Middle School, where her youngest son attends. She is part of the organization Ed Reform and became a Parent Advocate at the Parent Coalition for Excellent Education. She also received the Leadership Award from the WYK Origination, served as Team Mom for the Pop Warner’s Central Ward Cougars junior football team, and has been a Parent Partner with the organization My Son Is Me.
For over ten years, she has devoted service to speak and fight in support of the constitutional rights of New Jersey students to the state legislators, senators, and assembly. Flohisha was the first parent to speak at the Compact Signing for Charter Schools in the City of Newark. She is also a member of the Black Alliance for Educational Options (BAEO), the Order of Eastern Stars of Hope Chapter II, and the group PACTION, where she gives countless hours catering to “Neighbors Without an Address” in Newark. She is an honorable member of VFW Hall Camptown Post 1940, where she has earned over 300 hours of service dedicated to helping veterans, and is also a Canvass Supervisor for Phil Murphy campaign for Fall 2017.