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Joelle Gamble is the Director of the Roosevelt Institute | National Network, the nation’s largest network of emerging doers and thinkers committed to re-imagining and re-writing the rules in their communities to create lasting change. Roosevelt's members are actively influencing policy on the local, state and national level – from introducing new mapping systems to improve health outcomes in low-income neighborhoods to consulting with local governments on natural disaster flood prevention.

Under Joelle’s leadership, Roosevelt's National Network now boasts 120 chapters in 38 U.S. states and has dramatically increased the number of student policy campaigns it supports. The organization has also seen a marked increase in the racial, socioeconomic and gender diversity of its national student leadership---with chapters on both four-year institutions and community colleges.

Prior to coming to the Roosevelt Institute, Joelle, as a student organizer in the University of California Student Association, worked on political campaigns related to tax reform and budgetary priorities. Joelle graduated Phi Beta Kappa from UCLA in 2012 with a B.A. in International Development Studies. She is also a StartingBloc Social Innovation Fellow and a Democratic National Committee Hope Fellow.

Joelle also writes on topics of race and economics. Her work can be found in places such at The Nation, Salon, The Hill, The Huffington Post and NextCity.

Joelle comes from a family that is deeply committed to public service. Both her mother and father are veterans, serving in the U.S. Marine Corps. Her father is a police officer while her mother is a teacher. Though she has pursued a different avenue of service, Joelle is deeply committed to work for the common good for the rest of her career.

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