Jonathan graduated from the University of California, Irvine with a B.A. in Film & Media Studies and a B.A. in Political Science. Wanting to combine his passions for public service and visual storytelling, Jonathan pursued a career in communications for public agencies. He began working at the City of Stanton, where he served as an administrator for the California Gang Reduction and Intervention Program, as well as a member of the Public Information Office.
It was at UC Irvine where Jonathan discovered the need for communications work in the advocacy field. He joined statewide campaigns for the accessibility and affordability of higher education, believing that all who wished to pursue an education should be able to seek it. At the City of Stanton, Jonathan had the opportunity to provide much-needed programs and services to underserved areas while building community coalitions with various agencies, nonprofits and citizen groups. Jonathan has continued his passion for community advocacy by serving as a co-founding Board Member and Communications Chair of the La Palma Community Foundation.
With a deep appreciation of art in all forms, Jonathan sought to express himself through multiple artistic pursuits. In high school, he had the pleasure of playing the trumpet for Kennedy High School's symphonic band and jazz ensemble and took to the stage with the Buena Park Youth Theater. Jonathan began work behind the camera in college, where his student films received awards and recognitions from events such as the Mad Film Dash and the Zotfest Film Festival.
Jonathan is excited to unify his passions in arts, community relations, education, and advocacy as the Community Outreach Associate for LACHSA. While he is new to the LACHSA community- having started in May of 2017- he is excited to be a part of an organization filled with a high level of diverse and talented individuals.