Ralph Johnson

(401) 863-9574

Ralph is the program manager of Brown’s College Advising Corps, which aims to increase the number of low-income, first-generation, and underrepresented students entering and completing higher education. The program recruits and trains recent graduates of Brown University and the University of Rhode Island to provide the advising and support necessary to help students in low-income high schools and community colleges throughout the state to navigate the college admissions process.

While attending Brown as an undergraduate, Ralph was very active in Swearer Center programs. After receiving his BA from Brown in 1998, Ralph stayed on as an assistant director of Admissions. While there, he served as liaison to Hillel House, sat on the athletics, transfer student and Resumed Undergraduate Education (RUE) committees, and was very active in student of color recruitment efforts. He became a college/career counselor and advisor at the Metropolitan Regional Career and Technical Center. During his time at the Met, Ralph helped build the college access and advising program and also worked with The Big Picture Company to help develop and manage its emerging transition support program. This program provided guidance, advocacy, and financial-aid help to all graduates of the Met Center. Following this, he joined the history and math faculty of the Academy of the Pacific Rim Charter School in Hyde Park, MA and managed a small business.

Ralph remains involved in the community as an active member of the John Hope Settlement House (where he taught computer literacy skills and coordinated afternoon programs), as a Board member of Achieving Leadership's Purpose (formerly the Archbishop's Leadership Project) and with the Providence Chapter of the Brotherhood, Inc. mentoring program. Ralph is from Harlem, NY and lives in Providence, RI.