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."
As the Director of Training and Capacity Building for the Liberty Hill Foundation, Joanna Kabat oversees the foundation's Wally Marks Leadership Institute, which provides capacity-building training for grassroots community organizing groups and activists fighting for progressive change in Los Angeles County, and since 2010 has supported campaigns that protect low income workers, affordable housing tenants, undocumented immigrants, LGBTQ+ youth and youth of color.
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. She first joined Liberty Hill in 2013 as an intern with the program department while in graduate school.
Joanna received her BA in English Literature and Human Rights Studies from Barnard College. A native Angeleno, after a decade of living in New York and D.C. Joanna returned to Los Angeles to attend the USC Price School of Public Policy, and received her MPA in 2014.