Lashelle Johnson
she/her and they/them
Policy Analyst, Virginia Department of Taxation

Lashelle Johnson is a Munich-born and Virginia raised policy professional who has dedicated herself to advancing equity in the Commonwealth and beyond. Lashelle is a progressive leader and scholar who is dedicated to mitigating marginalization in all stages of policy—from inception to evaluation. She is a policy analyst at the Virginia Department of Taxation, specializing in retail sales and use tax. Prior to working at the Virginia Department of Taxation, Lashelle was a research analyst at the Virginia Commonwealth University Center for Public Policy, standardizing the collection, management, and analysis of qualitative and quantitative data for the Survey and Evaluation Research Laboratory. Lashelle has worked on a variety of policy projects from housing policy and eviction mitigation to her work now in Virginia sales tax.

She obtained her B.A. in English ('13) and a Masters of Public Administration ('17) from Virginia Commonwealth University. She is dedicated to bridging the gaps between written policy and its implementation and is developing a program which will address environmental inequity in its present and future forms.

In Lashelle's free time, she is the Founding Editor of Watermelanin Magazine — a literary magazine designed to serve as a platform for artists of color — and she enjoys finding the best coffee in the city, exploring with her dog, and visiting museums worldwide.