Joané Booth directs strategic planning and system development while utilizing her background in campaigns and policy to support the advancement of organizations fighting for social justice. She specializes in developing organizational culture with a natural knack for genuine diversity & inclusion producing equitable results. No matter her role, Joané has wielded enormous influence and exerted authority in the appropriate spaces for the betterment of people of color with over ten years of experience in policy and organizing. Joané is the former Partnerships Manager of the Michigan League of Conservation Voters where she developed plans to expand the organization's reach and network across the State of Michigan. She supported the organization through the COVID-19 pandemic by producing their virtual events to keep members engaged and informed during unprecedented times. Before relocating to Michigan, Joané began her thriving career in Minnesota. Recognizing the need to engage communities of color and create lasting and authentic relationships, she pitched and created her position as Diversity & Inclusion Outreach Director for the Office of United States Senator Tina Smith. While there, she directed internal and external office policies to ensure they were respectful and inclusive of diverse communities and aligned and reshaped the Senator’s policies and priorities impacting communities of color across Minnesota. Previous to working in the official office, Joané was the Political Director for the Tina Smith for Minnesota campaign where she secured a primary and general victory in one of the tightest senate races in the country. Prior to this, she served as a Senior Policy Advisor for the Office of Minnesota Governor Mark Dayton, where she assisted with developing and advancing policies and Executive branch initiatives such as REAL ID, Drug Sentencing Reform, tackling the Prison Industrial Complex, amplifying the need for driver’s licenses for undocumented immigrants, fighting off anti-protester laws and securing equitable accessibility for people with disabilities. Not only did she move policy, she also advised the Governor on spending for billion-dollar budgets. She identified the impact legislative bills would have on Minnesotans and helped secure and advise on $45 million in funding to decrease racial disparities and ensure community organizations serving people of color were funded. Joané’s campaign experience spans to the Presidential level where she led the Hillary for America campaign as the Political Director by mobilizing key constituencies and executing high level political events with top dignitaries.
Netroots Nation participation
- Netroots Nation 2023