As Senior Communications Associate, John Joanino brings expertise in policy communications and integrated multimedia campaign planning to support Advancement Project California’s work to foster upward mobility in communities most impacted by racial and economic injustice. John is passionate about the intersection of digital media, public policy design and politics. Prior to joining Advancement Project, he was a strategic communications consultant for social justice nonprofit and philanthropic organizations.
John began his career as a Partnerships Associate at Omaze, where he managed crowdfunding campaigns in partnership with celebrity activists to support domestic and international charities. Highlights include working to combat homelessness amongst LGBTQ youth in partnership with Cyndi Lauper’s True Colors Fund and raising funds to support mentorship programs for young men of color through My Brother’s Keeper Alliance. He previously interned at Goldhirsh Foundation, where he worked on the LA2050 initiative.
A SoCal native, John was born in LA, grew up in Riverside and has been a proud Angeleno for the past seven years. He graduated with a B.A. in Sociology from UCLA, where he served as student body president and spearheaded campaigns to defend public education, improve campus safety and reform policies related to diversity in higher education. John completed the UCLA Law Fellows program and the Public Policy & International Affairs fellowship at the UC Berkeley Goldman School of Public Policy. He tutors and mentors foster youth and students experiencing homelessness through School on Wheels, and is a 2017 Front Line Leaders Academy Fellow. Outside of APCA, you can find John hiking Runyon, listening to live music or playing with his friends’ dogs. He is passionate about leveraging data and community-based policy making to break intergenerational cycles of poverty and expand opportunity for immigrant families like his.