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Dr. Johnson, as Executive Director of the Maremel Institute, explores how technology shifts are changing how we related to each other — directly in how we work together in groups and as individuals, or as whole systems change in media, creative industries, and education. She speaks frequently at conferences on the social impact of technology and how we can rethink its impacts on our daily lives, work, creativity, and learning. Maremel also builds new programs to help people learn to learn and work better with new technological systems — driving to improve businesses, learning environments, and creative opportunities. Presently, Maremel is designing two new educational programs with local partners in hands-on technology training for young adults and older learners.
In addition to her work at Maremel, she teaches part-time at UCLA Herb Alpert School of Music, focusing on creating brand environments, differentiated marketing, and communities of support in creative industries. Dr. Johnson taught as a lecturer at UCLA Anderson in digital media change for nine years. She has enjoyed teaching as well for five years with University of Navarra in Pamplona, Spain and at the launch of the new creative industries program at the Higher Colleges of Technology in Abu Dhabi. Until 2005, she had been Executive Director of the UCLA Anderson’s Entertainment and Media Management Institute. Before joining UCLA in 1999 to run its Applied Management Research Program, she had been SVP/Managing Director at Bank of America, where she spent most of a decade in their Entertainment/Media practice, financing mergers and acquisitions in changing media industries.
Dr. Johnson received her doctorate in education/media studies from Fielding Graduate University, her MBA from UCLA Anderson, and her BA in Cinema-Television Production from the University of Southern California. She is a member of the Interactive Peer Group in the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences, an advisor to the Interactive TV Alliance, and actively involved in many research and industry organizations.