Jo sets the strategic direction for National Priorities Project, builds organizational alliances, and acts as the NPPâ€™s primary spokesperson. She has a strong background in community organizing and travels extensively, offering budget talks and facilitating participatory workshops, including as a speaker at a 2012 TEDx and 2013 Ignite. Jo previously served as Director of Programs at The Food Bank of Western Massachusetts and Director of the American Friends Service Committee's western Massachusetts office. She is a frequent media contributor, with print pieces appearing in The Nation, The Huffington Post, Salon.com, and Mother Jones. Jo holds an MSW from Hunter College School of Social Work and is an Adjunct Assistant Professor at the Smith College School of Social Work.