Gigi Johnson

Faculty, UCLA Alpert; President, Center for Creative Futures, Maremel Institute

Gigi is the host of the podcast "Innovating Music" for UCLA Alpert and runs the Center for Creative Futures at Maremel, where she is exploring where creative work and systems are going in an AI- and digitally accelerated age. Through the non-profit Rethink Next, she also is launching collaborations on the futures of creative work in local communities. Through Maremel, she has advised leaders in start-ups and larger organizations in media, music, and education. Dr. Johnson speaks around the world on digital transformations -- both of the past and in the extended future.

UCLA has been part of her home for 20 years, where she has taught undergraduates, MBAs, and executives about digital disruption in creative industries. She has taught Music Industry courses at UCLA Alpert for more than 10 years. Gigi was the Founding Executive Director of the UCLA Center for Music Innovation for five years. She previously had run centers and taught courses and executive programs on digital disruption and creative systems change at UCLA Anderson for 14 years.

Creatively, she produced and hosted three early web series, eight years of kids' concerts, four online courses in creative tech and marketing, two albums, and a large number of live thought-leadership events with various partners.

Her corporate background includes ten years of financing media acquisitions at Bank of America, as well as work in educational media, public relations, and advertising. She received her doctorate from Fielding Graduate University, her MBA from UCLA Anderson, and her bachelor’s degree from USC Cinematic Arts in TV production.

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