Kenyatta C. Johnson graduated from Bishop Loughlin High School in 1985. She went on to work for the Federal Bureau of Investigations (“FBI”). She then decided to pursue her career in public service as a peace officer by joining the New York City Department of Correction in January of 1988. She was initially assigned to the Anna M. Kross Center where she obtained her greatest knowledge of "care, custody & control" of detained inmates. In 1992 she transferred to the Manhattan House of Detention where she continued to gain knowledge of the department while assigned to the "General Office."
In 1999, she transferred to the Rikers Island Judicial Center and was appointed as an alternate delegate in 2010. In 2012, Ms. Johnson was elected delegate for the Donald Cranston Judicial Center. In May 2013, She was appointed to the Executive Board of the Correction Officers' Benevolent Association as the 1st Citywide Trustee. She has assumed the responsibilities of the Health Management Division, Office of Administrative Trials & Hearings ("OATH") and the services provided by COBA to & for officers during times of death.
As a young child, Ms. Johnson would spend time with her uncle, a funeral director. There, she witnessed and learned to emulate the caring nature of him and the respect he earned from the surrounding community as the head of a prominent funeral home. Consequently, she developed a sincere interest in funeral service. In furtherance of this interest, she began her mortuary science studies in 2008 at the American Academy McAllister Institute of Funeral Services.
Ms. Johnson is an active member of the New Canaan Baptist Church of Brooklyn for more than thirty five years. She serves in the culinary and laywomen ministries and assists with the youth department in their outreach ministry and community involvement. She has organized several youth informational seminars about their rights and how to conduct themselves in the presence of law enforcement.These seminars have been piloted on CAREER DAYS at school and community events.
Ms. Johnson is a tenured NYC Correction Officer. She has lead in a traditionally male-dominated field by example. In 2011 she was honored within the NYC Department of Correction for her role as a female leader within the department.
Ms. Johnson is an active member of the National Coalition of 100 Black Women, Inc., where she lends her voice to advocate on behalf of woman of color for gender equity in economics, education, and healthcare. She is also a member of the Brooklyn Chapter of the NAACP.
Ms. Johnson's daughter attends college.