John Joanino

Associate, Programs

As an associate at Omidyar Network, John engages across our investment and stakeholder network to reimagine critical systems and the ideas that govern them.

Prior to Omidyar Network, John led digital communications at Advancement Project California, tutored unhoused youth, and served as a commissioner on the California Governor’s statewide committee for the 2020 Census. John has a decade of experience working across multiple sectors including state government, nonprofit racial justice advocacy, communications consulting, and tech philanthropy. He began his career managing celebrity crowdfunding campaigns and leading communications for startup challenge grants that have raised and deployed millions of dollars for nonprofit organizations. John has worked for organizations including LA2050,, XQ: The Super School Project, and the Kapor Center. He is an alumnus of the Public Policy & International Affairs (PPIA) program, Harvard Innovation Lab, Front Line Leaders Academy, Kapor Capital’s startup fellows program, New Leaders Council, and NextGen LGBTQ Leaders Program.

Born in Los Angeles and raised throughout Southern California, John studied sociology at UCLA before completing a Master’s in Public Policy with a Management, Leadership, and Decision Sciences certificate at the Harvard Kennedy School of Government, where he focused on youth development and strategic philanthropy.