Jo Ann Paanio

  • Policy Manager

Jo Ann works as part of The Forum for Youth Investment’s Policy Team. She is responsible for the policy and advocacy efforts of the Forum’s federal campaign work. Jo Ann is originally from Los Angeles where she earned her Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from California State University, Dominguez Hills. She later pursued her Juris Doctor at Whittier Law School and completed her Legal Fellowship in the area of children’s advocacy by working on behalf of the needs of foster youth in Southern California. In addition, she was a staff member of Whittier’s Journal of Child and Family Advocacy. Prior to joining The Forum, Jo Ann was a faculty member at California State University, Dominguez Hills where she taught undergraduate courses in political science. With experiences in direct client services in public interest law and as a practitioner in the field of education, Jo Ann credits her passion for youth advocacy to working directly with youth populations as well as her own roots of growing up in Los Angeles.