Joseph Soza

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Joseph Soza (he/him/el) was brought to this work with a passion for social change, and a vision for a more equitable and affirming Ohio. He graduated with a BA from Malone University where he studied history, global-international studies, and sociology. Additionally, he studied Mandarin and Chinese cultural history at the Dalian University of Foreign Languages in 2017, where he also taught English language. In 2019, Joseph was accepted into the Ohio Legislative Service Commission Fellowship program where he worked for State Senator Teresa Fedor and Senate Minority Leader Kenny Yuko. He later served as a full time legislative aide in Senator Fedor’s office before joining the Equality Ohio team in December 2020 as the Central Ohio regional organizer. Currently, Joseph also serves as a board member of the Ohio League of United Latin American Citizens (LULAC) as well as a member of the National LULAC LGBTQ Affairs Committee. He was recently accepted into the 2022 cohort of the Columbus New Leaders Council. He envisions continued bridge-building between LGBTQ and Latiné leadership and activist spaces as a way to better serve others who live at the intersection of queerness and Latinidad. Joseph looks forward to contributing to lived and legal equality for LGBTQ Ohioans, and hopes to see an Ohio that genuinely nourishes and values all people.