A Jewish activist for LGBTQ issues since she was a teenager, Joanna joined Keshet in 2009 as a member of the JOIN for Justice Community Organizing Fellowship. In her time at Keshet, Joanna has built powerful communities of LGBTQ Jews and allies across Greater Boston, Massachusetts, and the country working in support of full justice and equality for LGBTQ people, including organizing the Jewish community in support of the successful passage of the Massachusetts Trans Equal Rights Bill in 2011. As Associate Director of National Programs, she directs the Keshet Parent & Family Connection and Keshet’s work with Jewish youth movements. 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, anti-violence and anti-sexism 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 currently lives in Jamaica Plain, MA, with Ginny, a tiny orange cat. On the critical question of whether she’d choose flight or invisibility as her super power, she always chooses to fly.