Corey Johnson was raised in a union household where his mother, a homeless services provider, and his father, a Teamster, instilled in him the values of community service and political engagement. Corey first came to national attention in 2000 when he became a trailblazer for LGBT youth. As the captain of his high school football team, he took the courageous step of coming out publicly, and kept not only his position of leadership, but also the support of his school and teammates. Corey’s bravery landed him on the front page of the New York Times.
During his twelve years in the Chelsea community, Corey has worked extensively in community activism and with progressive labor unions. He directed and shaped political and communications strategy on a variety of mayoral, gubernatorial and presidential campaigns in New York and worked for the Retail Wholesale Department Store Union (RWDSU) to help win a Democratic majority in the New York State Senate. He has served on the media-strategy team of the Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD) and worked for Sirius Satellite Radio, as National Finance Director of the Gay and Lesbian Leadership Council (GLLC) at the Democratic National Committee, and at GFI Development Company on community outreach on two hotel projects in Manhattan and an affordable housing related project in Brooklyn. Corey currently works part-time in LGBT marketing at the Sydell Group.
In 2005, Corey joined Community Board 4, where he quickly gained the respect and trust of local leaders for his tireless work ethic and ability to build consensus. Corey has volunteered countless hours in the community and has worked hard to make Community Board 4 more responsive, organized, and effective. In 2011, after 6 years of service on Community Board 4, Corey was elected Chairperson by his peers. He is currently New York City’s youngest Community Board Chairperson.
Corey is also a Director on the Hudson Yards Development Corporation, a Member of the Hudson Yards Community Advisory Committee, a Member of the Moynihan Station Community Advisory Committee, a Member of the Javits Center Community Advisory Committee, a Member of the Hudson River Park Strategic Planning Task Force, a Member of the Friends of the Hudson River Park Trusts Neighborhood Improvement District Steering Committee, a Board Member of Save Chelsea, a Member of the Council of Chelsea Block Associations, a Member of the Chelsea Reform Democratic Club, a Member of the Stonewall Democratic Club of New York City, and a Member of the 100/200 West 15th Street Block Association.