Jo Anne has made her home in Brooklyn for over 40 years, and she has a well-earned a reputation as an effective community leader. Jo Anne has worked with all Brooklyn’s diverse communities to change the way decisions are made and make the system respond to people’s needs. She has fought to increase environmental justice, create affordable housing, promote street safety and provide better access to education. At the same time, she has worked to bring fiscal responsibility to the public agenda, so your tax dollars are actually working on your behalf.
The first in her family to attend college, Jo Anne graduated Iona College with a Bachelor’s Degree in Communication Sciences, earned a Master’s Degree in Education of the Deaf from Gallaudet University, and then earned her law degree at Fordham University School of Law – all while working full-time. After stints as a judicial law secretary and teaching in Hofstra University School of Law’s clinical program, she established a disability civil rights law firm in Downtown Brooklyn. Jo Anne is a nationally recognized expert in her field and her work was recently featured in the New York and National Law Journals. Jo Anne is also an adjunct Assistant Professor of Law at Fordham.
Jo Anne has represented Brooklyn’s 52nd District in the NY State Assembly since 2014. She has passed major legislation on campaign finance reform, gun violence prevention, gender equity, and education. She has championed free school meals for all children and ensured that no kids are shamed because their families don’t have enough money to pay for school meals. Jo Anne helped secure equal pay for equal work, paid family leave, and sexual harassment protections. She chairs the Assembly Committee on Ethics and Guidance and co-chairs the Legislative Ethics Commission.