Joe Swanson is the Lead Community Organizer with Faith in Texas. His job is to help faith communities identify and address the systemic injustices driving the visible burdens and suffering in their backyards.
Joe grew up east of Dallas in Heath, Texas, which is only a few miles away from the congregations and people he serves today. He started organizing as a student at Wake Forest University. While there, Joe was the Southern Regional Policy Coordinator with the Roosevelt Institute Campus Network and co-founded a student-run think tank to craft policies addressing local needs in the communities around campus. After graduating from Wake Forest with a degree in History and minors in music and Spanish, Joe came home to the Dallas area to continue organizing locally and statewide with the American Civil Liberties Union of Texas.
Joe later joined the Faith in Texas team as he believes that faith communities like his own are uniquely positioned to construct the Beloved Community and co-create a more just world. Joe loves God, his wife Regan, his friends, his family, and being outside. He believes the Cowboys will win the Super Bowl and Rangers will win the World Series every year.