Deputy Director of Training and Capacity Building
"I was fortunate to be raised in Los Angeles in a family and faith community that emphasized social action and justice. In Judaism there is a teaching: 'In a place where there are no people, strive to be a person.' This has been a guiding principle for me in supporting community-led change in the face of the most dire social issues and institutional injustices."
Joanna began her career at American Jewish World Service, a funder of international grassroots development work, and then went on to develop social justice educational and volunteer programs for teens at BBYO, Inc. Following that, she directed the executive office at the immigration services and advocacy organization HIAS, overseeing Board governance and strategic planning. She first joined Liberty Hill in 2013 as an intern with the program department, and now oversees Liberty Hill’s Wally Marks Leadership Institute. Joanna received her MPA from the USC Price School of Public Policy in 2014, and in 2006 received her BA in English Literature and Human Rights Studies from Barnard College.