Britney Johnson

Research Assistant, MIT Media Lab

When compared to most, many would consider Ms. Britney Johnson to be the underdog. She’s introverted, from a small town, and a first generation college student. Yet many do not know that all of these characteristics have proven to be the foundation of her success today. As a woman who possesses strong optimism and integrity, her love for people and commitment to quality work is what sets her apart from others and makes her a strong team worker. She is a learner, thinker, and executer who is ready to bring these same traits to any industry/organization.

A strong advocate for education, Britney has been fortunate to walk the trail of academic excellence throughout her scholastic career. Prior to her current role as Research Assistant at the MIT Media Lab, she received her master’s degree in computer science at the Georgia Institute of Technology with a full-tuition fellowship. She also has studied abroad at the University of Oxford and interned for the MITRE Corporation, NASA, Prudential, and Duke University. In May 2015, Britney earned her bachelors of science in computer science with a minor in leadership studies, as one of Hampton University’s highest achieving students. She attended Hampton as a full-scholarship recipient after graduating as the Co-Valedictorian of Surry County High School’s Class of 2011.

Understanding the value of relationships, Britney is committed to lifting as she climbs. She has assisted with increasing the retention rate of computer science students by serving as a tutor in the Department of Computer Science at Hampton University. She also remains a volunteer and mentor to the young ladies of her high school girls’ basketball team, of which she was once a captain and leading scorer. Britney believes that in order to lead, one must first learn how to serve.