As a community organizer at Campaign for Southern Equality, Joey helped to coordinate the second LGBT* in the South conference convening of over 500 grassroots organizers, attorneys, healthcare providers, educators and other practitioners from across the South. He has also worked closely with Rev. Jasmine Beach-Ferrara, Executive Director, developing the Southern Equality Fund – a micro-funding initiative for Southern groups and organizers providing direct services and advocacy for the full lived equality of LGBT* people in the South. As a Tzedek Resident, Joey gained strong skills in project management, grant writing, and fund development.
Joey remains passionate about social justice and intersectional advocacy. He previously worked with young people in Chicago and Detroit, organizing and empowering them to claim their voice for justice in the world. Joey began as an organizer through the work of Reconciling Ministries Network and Methodist Federation for Social Action. He currently serves on the Board of Directors for Methodist Federation for Social Action, a progressive movement within The United Methodist Church (UMC) focused on issues of peace, poverty, people’s rights, progressive initiatives and justice within The UMC. His personal experiences with intersecting identities shaped his commitment to educational, economic, racial, ethnic and queer justice both inside and outside communities of faith. After the residency, Joey accepted two positions: one as the Living Wage Program Coordinator for Just Economics of Western North Carolina, and a staff organizer with More Light Presbyterians, a national LGBTQ inclusive organization working to make the Presbyterian Church USA more welcoming.