Joanna Belanger is a Senior Vice President at New Blue, bringing 15 years experience in electoral politics and non-profits.
One of the most sought after Democratic political strategists on crucial issues, Joanna served as the Political Director at Giffords Courage to Fight Gun Violence for the 2020 cycle, overseeing an IE and coordinated program that spent over $7m and endorsed hundreds of candidates. Previously Joanna served in several capacities at Everytown for Gun Safety and Moms Demand Action where she oversaw multiple victorious projects and priorities, including the successful 2016 ballot initiative in Nevada to require background checks on all gun sales, as well as leading the organization’s efforts to stop the NRA’s federal priorities in the first year of the Trump administration.
Joanna has worked with the ACLU and Planned Parenthood Federation of America Action Fund on campaigns to secure safe and affordable access to abortions in Tennessee and West Virgina. Joanna began her career in non-profit fundraising eventually finding a knack in the fast pace of campaigns, working for Senator Dick Durbin, Al Franken, the DSCC, and Alex Sink’s 2010 Gubernatorial campaign, among many others.
Joanna has served on the board of America Votes and presented on several panels about gun violence prevention, ballot measures, progressive politics and much more. Her commentary has appeared in numerous outlets including Newsweek, The Hill, and Washington Post. While Joanna’s career has taken her across the United States, Washington DC and Chicago are her two true homes.