Mara Johnson


  • Phone: (253) 535-7405
  • Text Only: (253) 527-5808
  • Email:

Admission Counselor

Mara is from good ol’ Minnesota, the Land of 10,000 Lakes (just ask her to say “bag” and you’ll never unhear it…)! She came out to Tacoma for college with her twin brother who just so happened to also end up in the PNW and attend PLU. PLU has been like a second home for her these past few years and she considers herself an honorary Lute by association. During her time in college, she was involved with Residence Life, led and participated in various clubs, held multiple student leadership positions, played rugby, and even had the chance to study abroad. She definitely kept herself busy! When Mara isn’t jamming out to a new playlist they’ve made, or exploring new food finds in the area, they’re bound to be catching up on the latest episode of a horrible reality show, or being painfully mediocre at team trivia.

Mara appreciates PLU’s value in vocation, asking big and difficult questions, and for being a caring community that encourages everyone to succeed. They are drawn to the university’s commitment to justice, equity, and accessible higher education.

Pronouns: She/They

Graduated from: University of Puget Sound
Major: African American Studies
Minors: Latin American Studies, Religion

Mara works with students from: Bellevue, Issaquah, Lake Washington, Mercer Island, Northshore, Renton, Riverview, Seattle, Shoreline, Skykomish and Snoqualmie Valley school districts; Seattle and East King County private schools; Vashon Island; Clallam, Jefferson, and Kitsap counties.

She also works with students from Arizona, Colorado, Minnesota, and from a few other states: AR, IL, IN, IA, KS, MI, MO, NE, NM, ND, OH, OK, SD, UT, WI, and WY.

Easy conversation starters:

  • Music recs from The Matriarchy Hour with DJ Cringey Gingey (her college radio show!)
  • Which is better: Shrek 1 or Shrek 2? (there is only one right answer…)
  • Their Minnesotan superiority complex (Maybe she’s born with it… Maybe it’s Maybelline)

Getting a little too competitive at game night
Involuntarily speaking in a random accent
Remembering if she locked the door behind her