Co-Founder and Managing Editor
Caitlin Johnson, a writer and journalist, co-founded SparkAction.org, a collaborative journalism and advocacy site developed by and for the child and youth field, with Thaddeus Ferber in 2009. SparkAction brings together news, information and advocacy tools to help the child- and youth-serving field connect and mobilize, while involving young people in all aspects of the work.
As a journalist, Caitlin specializes in children's issues and the impact of social policy on families and communities. She has written for OneWorld, Yahoo News, Nation's Cities Weekly, KidsHealth and numerous other outlets, and has been a Casey Journalism Fellow.
Caitlin has also provided communications direction to the Center for Law and Social Policy; developed, launched and directed the National Education Association's bNetSavvy.org site for educators, parents and 'tweens; and co-wrote, ON MESSAGE: Using Strategic Communications to Advance Social Change in Black and Latino Communities. She has taught creative writing to middle schoolers; organized a nationally competitive youth poetry slam team; and for three years, served as lecturer and adjunct professor of writing at the University of Virginia. She currently serves as Communications co-chair for the Children's Leadership Council.
Caitlin holds a Masters of Fine Arts degree in fiction from the University of Virginia, where she was a Hoynes Fellow and awarded a Poe Fellowship.