The Center for American Progress has named Anne Johnson as the new director of Campus Progress, the youth outreach wing of the think tank.

“This is a critical time for young Americans,” said Johnson in a statement. “Our challenges are real, but so is our commitment to creating a more just society. Young people have led the way on so many important issues of our time — access to education, immigration reform, marriage equality, climate change, voting rights, economic justice and so many others.”

Johnson succeeds David Halperin, who worked with CAP Chairman John Podesta to found Campus Progress in 2005.

Prior to joining the Center for American Progress, Johnson most recently served as senior campaign specialist for the National Education Association (NEA), where she led efforts to increase young member engagement within the union. Before that, she served as the national field director for the Service Employees International Union (SEIU).

Johnson founded Campus Camp Wellstone, a youth political training program, following her work on Sen. Paul Wellstone’s 2002 reelection campaign.

According to its Web site, “Campus Progress engages a diverse group of young people nationwide, inspires them to embrace progressive values, provides them with essential training, and helps them to make their voices heard — and to push policy outcomes in a strongly progressive direction.”