Press Release

Kylie Johnson joins OEC as Southwest Ohio Regional Director

Cincinnati, OH — The Ohio Environmental Council is pleased to welcome Kylie Johnson to its team as Southwest Ohio Regional Director. 

“Cincinnati has been my home for nearly ten years, and I’ve grown deep roots and relationships in the community by working creatively and collaboratively to solve environmental issues,” said Johnson. “After seeing the latest reports on climate change impacts, I’ve felt a sense of urgency to more actively engage in environmental advocacy. I’m thrilled for the opportunity to join the OEC and work alongside the community to fight climate change and to secure a healthier environment throughout the region.”

In her new role, Johnson will work alongside residents, community groups and OEC partners to  build a powerful environmental movement in Southwest Ohio, focusing primarily on the Cincinnati community.

“Kylie is a tremendous addition to the OEC and to the environmental advocacy of our city,” said Brewster Rhoads, OEC supporter, board member of the OEC Action Fund, and former Executive Director of Green Umbrella. “I have continually been impressed with her volunteerism with Green Umbrella and dedication to environmental education.”

A native of Zanesville in Muskingum County, Johnson grew up on an 86-acre farm, part of which included woodlands protected by her family. Exposure to the natural world at a young age instilled in her a deep passion for the environment that has led Johnson to dedicate her life to its protection. She attended Muskingum University and graduated with a B.S. in Conservation Science, minoring in Political Science. She went on to attend Ohio University to earn a M.S. in Environmental Studies with a focus on education and communications. 

After completing her Master’s work, Johnson moved to Cincinnati to work for the national nonprofit, Alliance for Climate Education, where she educated over 10,000 students about the science of climate change and mentored students to take local and national action. Most recently, Johnson worked at the Civic Garden Center of Greater Cincinnati, where she managed the Green Learning Station – a LEED platinum certified environmental education center, considered to be one of the top ten greenest buildings in Cincinnati. 

“OEC’s Field Advocacy team is made up of place-based local advocacy experts that collaborate alongside their neighbors to mitigate climate change and protect the environment,” Carol Davey, OEC’s Managing Field Director said. “The Queen City region is an epicenter for environmental advancement. Kylie’s tremendous demonstrated leadership will help advance our mission to fight climate change and to secure healthy air, land, and water for all who call Southwest Ohio home.”



The Ohio Environmental Council (OEC) is the state’s most comprehensive, effective and respected environmental advocate for a healthier, more sustainable Ohio. The OEC develops and ensures the implementation of forward-thinking, science-based, pragmatic solutions to secure healthy air, land, and water for all who call Ohio home. 

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