Writer and digital media specialist

joanna williams


Hi—I'm Joanna

Thanks for visiting my corner of the internet.

I am a strategic digital media specialist and writer with three years of experience at national nonprofit and policy organizations. I enjoy using my digital skills to advocate and push for social change. My work reflects a critical comprehension of intersecting social determinants, specifically race, place, and gender. I live in Washington, D.C., where I am a digital consultant at the Institute for Policy Studies (IPS). Prior to arriving at IPS, I was a Bill Emerson National Hunger Fellow and a new media associate at the Southern Poverty Law Center. 

When I'm not working you can find me reading, watching the NBA (go Trail Blazers!), and writing short stories. 

As you take a look around my site, feel free to listen to this playlist.

MY Experience

Institute for Policy Studies, Digital Consultant

October 2017 - Present

Implement, design and hand-code restorativeteens.org, a research hub for the Washington, D.C. restorative justice teen court pilot initiative. Coordinate the digital release of The Souls of Poor Folks, a 50-year audit of systemic racism in the U.S. since 1968.

congressional hunger center, emerson national hunger fellow

August 2016 - July 2017

Accepted into a highly selective national leadership development fellowship focused on addressing the complex causes and solutions to hunger and poverty in the U.S. through field work and policy placement experiences. While at the National League of Cities for my policy placement (Feb 2016 – July 2017), I wrote profiles of cities implementing progressive racial equity policies, analyzed data on racial disparities and developed models for sharing key data with city leaders. During my field site at Dreaming Out Loud (Sept 2016 – Feb 2016), I conducted qualitative research to capture community stories around the history of food access, culture, and agriculture within northeast Ward 7 to present online.

southern poverty law center, New media associate

June 2014 - August 2016

Served on the editorial team for Teaching Tolerance, the K-12 anti-bias teaching project of the Southern Poverty Law Center. Primary web content manager for tolerance.org, a Drupal site. Sole manager of email marketing system Oracle Eloqua, which included managing templates, list acquisition, and email distribution. Wrote articles for Teaching Tolerance magazine and blog posts for tolerance.org while overseeing digital strategy, including emails, web content and social media. Analyzed results of digital efforts, influencing strategy that resulted in 50% Facebook page growth and 65% Twitter growth over a twelve-month period.

college heights herald, editor-in-chief

December 2013 - May 2014

Editor of Western Kentucky University’s twice-weekly student newspaper serving 21,000 students, plus faculty, staff and alumni. Led regular staff and editorial board meetings while chairing the 10-member editorial board. Oversaw production of the bi-weekly print editions and daily digital content. 



Awards & Honors

Emerging Leader Award (2016)
Gamma Sigma Sigma National Service Sorority

1st place, General Excellence (2014-15)
Kentucky Press Association

Gold Medalist designation (2014-2015)
Columbia Scholastic Press Association

Outstanding National Collegiate (2014)
Gamma Sigma Sigma National Service Sorority

Finalist (2013)
Jim Wayne Miller Fiction Contest

President's Volunteer Service Award (2013)
U.S. President's Council on Service and Civic Participation

2nd place, Editorial and Opinion Writing (2012)
Associated Collegiate Press

3rd place, Best Column (2012)

Kentucky Press Association


Western Kentucky University

B.I.S. Interdisciplinary Studies, emphasis Humanities


My Work

Below you can find links to my writing and my digital portfolio.



Here are a few of my recent writing clips I am proud of. 



I've had the opportunity to be a part of some dope digital projects so far in my career. Check out some of my social and digital advocacy campaigns. 



Email: joanna.williams52@gmail.com
Phone: 270 519 9189
Address: Washington, DC