Johanna is currently a Visiting Research Scholar at Georgetown University Law Center focusing on global health and human rights, especially for vulnerable populations including women and girls. She was a Fulbright Public Policy Fellow to Samoa assisting the Ombudsman’s Office in its first ever State of Human Rights Report, which subsequently led to the country’s historic National Inquiry on Family Violence.
Previously, she has worked around the globe with the World Health Organization as a focal point on the cross-section of gender, human rights and trade/investment. She has also served as a Visiting Researcher at Oxford University (Mansfield College) hosted by the Bonavero Institute of Human Rights working on facilitating access to justice where there is a perceived power imbalance in civil liability systems.
Ms. Gusman grew up in the Washington, D.C. area and received a B.Sc. in Microbiology from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University (Virginia Tech) and a M.Sc. in Biophysics and Physiology from Georgetown University. She was awarded the Gates Public Service Law Scholarship at the University of Washington and graduated with a concentration in international law in 2013. She is a mixed race legal scholar focusing on the intersectionality of gender and law—all experiences that have led her to run for House Delegate in Virginia’s 87th District as the only female candidate in the Democratic Primary on June 11, 2019. She joined staff with the Warren Campaign in December 2019.