Joni Hirsch Kaden
Local Initiatives Strategist
As FFJC’s Local Initiatives Strategist, Joni helps manage the Cities and Counties for Fines and Fee Justice initiative, providing a liaison between FFJC, its partners and participating jurisdictions. Using policies and practices developed by FFJC along with best practices and research, she delivers hands-on technical assistance and support to jurisdictions working to reform their local use of fines and fees.
Prior to joining FFJC, Joni worked at the Center for the Study of Social Policy and the National Initiative on Mixed-Income Communities helping to advance their place-based race equity work. Joni managed a community engagement team that designed and implemented network-building strategies in public housing communities through DC’s New Communities Initiative and helped launch the Mixed-Income Innovation and Action Network. She also led numerous research projects focused on innovative policies and practices to promote social inclusion and economic opportunity in mixed-income, mixed-race communities. She holds a B.A. in American Studies from Amherst College and a Masters in City Planning from UC Berkeley.