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Joanna Ware

( she/her )
Board Member

Joanna (Jo) Ware is an organizer, facilitator, and educator. As the Founding Executive Director of the Jewish Liberation Fund, she organizes money and donors to build power and mobilize resources to sustain and grow a progressive Jewish movement for justice and liberation. Joanna has spent over a decade working with organizations – inside and outside of the Jewish world – to bring forth a more just, whole, and liberatory world, as a consultant, Adaptive Leadership teacher and practitioner, community organizer, and popular educator at the intersections of identity, power, leadership, and social justice. For many years, she worked for LGBTQ justice and equality in the Jewish community, as a core member of Keshet’s program team. Joanna is a graduate of Antioch College and holds Executive Certificates in Adaptive Leadership (Harvard Kennedy School), Facilitation (Georgetown University), and Management (The Management Center; Midwest Academy). She is a Schusterman Foundation Senior Fellow, a member of Tzedek Lab, and an alumna of the JOIN for Justice Jewish Organizing Fellowship. Joanna is a queer femme of Sephardic, Ashkenazi, and non-Jewish European roots, from an interfaith family. Joanna is an avid traveler, a handy femme with a love for power tools and the smell of sawdust, and a scuba diver. Originally from San Diego, she now lives in Jamaica Plain, MA with her spouse Diana, their kiddo Samara, and Murphy the cat.