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Jo Ann Paanio

Senior Policy Associate

Washington, DC/Forum for Youth Investment


Jo Ann is a D.C. based Policy & Advocacy Associate with the Forum for Youth Investment where she manages a national advocacy campaign focused on education, training, workforce development and national service opportunities for Opportunity Youth. Her passion for working with youth developed as a Legal Fellow with Whittier Law School’s Center for Children and Families. During law school, she taught high school students to encourage teens to understand the fundamental principles of the Constitution. Jo Ann pursued her passion for teaching and working with young people as she continued on to join the faculty of CSU Dominguez Hills. Jo Ann’s combined experiences in legal advocacy, education and policy has continued to fuel her belief for systemic change in order to improve the lives of young people and to create a more equitable system so that all young people can succeed.

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