Joa (they/she) is a curious, creative, and queer half Korean, half Irish person, auntie, feminist, organizer, grant writer, and nonprofit consultant with a passion for shifting mindsets around resource redistribution and co-creating projects to bring about liberatory visions for marginalized people. They were raised in the rural South in north Florida, and currently live on the occupied Lenni Lenape land (Philadelphia). They are a core team member of Creating Freedom Movements (focusing on grant writing and organizational development), the founder of Funding for Social Change, a board member of Beyond Trenches and Trans & Queer Youth Collective, and a core volunteer of Serenity House.
Their organizing work has focused primarily on economic justice, LGBTQIA2+ justice, racial justice, and reproductive justice. Their experience working in advocacy and activists groups includes policy advocacy, election campaigns, and lobbying, namely related to abortion, felon disenfranchisement, conversion therapy, harm reduction, and sex work.
Joa earned a B.S. in International Affairs from Florida State University, with a concentration in Political Science and minor in Social Work. During this time, they lived in Nepal for six months and worked with Clinic Nepal, and have since longed to return. After graduating, they co-developed and co-led the seminar course “Social Entrepreneurship and Economic Development” and managed a competition providing support for 15 social entrepreneurs to develop and launch social enterprise projects across the US and abroad in Haiti, Uganda, and Nepal. During this time, they received the Profiles of Service Award, Leadership Award of the Year, and Askew School of Public Admin and Policy Neil Crispo Community Service Award.
In 2021, Joa founded Funding For Social Change, a collective of grant writers, creatives, and consultants increasing the flow of capital to Black and Brown, LGBTQIA2+, and women-led projects and grassroots organizers, with the aim of lowering the barriers within the Nonprofit Industrial Complex through direct support, skill-share, and dismantling the white supremacy culture characteristics pervading these systems and spaces.
In her free time, Joa loves daydreaming, writing, making art, being in the woods and the water, playing games, exploring new places, learning about antiques, sparkling beverages, and singing too loud. You can also find her roleplaying a mother spiraling into madness on the comedy improv D&D podcast Dice Funk.