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Joe Szakos

Organizer, Virginia Organizing

Joe Szakos is an expert in election security, in-person and mail-in voting, and restoration of voting rights.

He was the founding executive director of Virginia Organizing from 1994-2017 and now serves as an organizer out of the Charlottesville office. Joe was the founding coordinator of the Virginia Civic Engagement Table in 2008. He was also the founding coordinator of Kentuckians For The Commonwealth and has also done community organizing in Chicago and Hungary.

Joe has a Masters degree from the University of Chicago School of Social Service Administration and is co-author, with his wife, Kristin Layng Szakos, of “We Make Change: Community Organizers Talk About What They Do—and Why,” published by Vanderbilt University Press in 2007. Joe and Kristin also edited “Lessons From the Field: Organizing in Rural Communities,” published by the American Institute for Social Justice/Social Policy Magazine in 2008.

State Expertise: Va.
Speaks: English

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