Jose Ignacio Gaona

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(818) 254-8528
Twitter: @JoseiGaona

José is the Development Coordinator at Unemployed Workers United, (UWU). Jose is a community advocate and nonprofit professional with focus areas in fundraising, policy, public relations, and board management. Most recently, he was a National Projects Manager for the Bernie 2020 Presidential Campaign. Before that, José was the national policy and advocacy manager for the League of United Latin American Citizens or LULAC, the country's oldest Latino organization.

José immigrated to the United States with his family from Mexico at age four, and settled in Fort Bragg, CA. José was introduced to community work through his local Rotary and Kiwanis Clubs where he held state leadership roles and led his chapters in international service projects. José served as a trustee on the local school board, and was the first Latino to do so in his district. José also co-founded a Latino coalition to service his community. He served on the board of directors for the Chicano Latino Youth Leadership Project in California before relocating to Washington D.C.

In D.C. Jose worked with the Latino Student Fund and the Latinx History Project to serve DC Latino and Queer Latinx communities. He has since then expanded his community work to national efforts with organizations like LULAC where he was a national organizer before being recruited to lead the organization's policy and advocacy work, and Latinos for a Secure Retirement where he helped execute nationwide financial literacy campaigns for Latinos. In service to his community, his work has led him to engage communities from Washington state to Texas, and Puerto Rico to Wisconsin.