Joe is a Cajun transplant originally from New Orleans, LA, who believes in personal story-telling as a significant method for people to share experiences, address social justice disparities, and increase equity among disenfranchised individuals. He also enjoys road trips, coffee, taking way too many pictures, and a wide variety of music. Joe is excited to join the team at Camp Fire to empower youth, develop and share #CampFireStories and learn from the youth, who are already leading the way.
He is the Founder and Board Chair of BUTCH Voices and comes to Camp Fire Columbia with several years experience in LGBTQ non-profit work with a specific interest in the intersections of racial and gender justice. Joe was previously awarded the 2011 Pride In Action Award by Pride NW, and one of the initial founders and former coordinator for Q-Patrol PDX, Portland’s first LGBTQ community powered foot patrol. He was most recently honored as one of the 2016 Queer Heroes by the Gay and Lesbian Archives of the Pacific Northwest (GLAPN).