A Jewish activist for LGBTQ issues since she was a teenager, Joanna Ware joined Keshet in 2009 as a member of the JOIN for Justice Community Organizing Fellowship. As Keshet’s Boston regional director, Joanna oversees Keshet’s community-building, education and advocacy work in Greater Boston. While at Keshet, Joanna has built powerful communities of LGBTQ Jews and allies across Massachusetts and the country, working in support of full justice and equality for LGBTQ people, including leading Keshet’s work in support of the successful passage of the Massachusetts Trans Equal Rights Bill in 2011. Joanna’s academic background is in gender studies, Middle East studies and politics, and she brings to Keshet professional experience in Jewish youth work and informal education, antiviolence and antisexism education and prevention, policy advocacy and community organizing.
Originally from San Diego, Joanna is an alumna of Antioch College, and has spent time living, learning and working at the intersections of gender, sexuality, faith and politics in Israel and Western Europe. She lives in Jamaica Plain, Mass., with her partner and a clutter of cats, including Ginny. On the critical question of whether she’d choose flight or invisibility as her super power, she always chooses to fly.