Joanna Mendez

Audience Development Associate

Joanna Mendez is the Audience Development Associate for the Drug Policy Alliance, based in New York. She is responsible for helping to build the Latinx community base for DPA.

A former United Nations fellow, she advocated for Latinx communities around the Americas to UN delegates, particularly in relation to forced migration due to violence stemming from drug cartels and gangs, environmental degradation, and lack of quality education and fair-pay work. She has also worked with the Fund for Public Housing – a nonprofit committed to innovate New York City’s public housing – to create and implement a curriculum focused on empowering youth living in the New York City Housing Authority to become politically engaged and active.

Mendez is currently an MA student at St. John’s University, where she is majoring in Government and Politics.