Josie Clerfond

Josie is a proud Californian and a product of the California public school system. She has a Bachelors in Environmental Studies and Political Science from the University of California, Santa Cruz (UCSC). Since graduating from UCSC in 2018, she has held positions in communications, publishing, political organizing and nonprofit programming.

Josie’s passion for communications began in college, where she wrote for a student environmental magazine. She was also involved in student political organizing as co-founder of Banana Slugs for Bernie Sanders and worked on campus demonstrations to meet the demands of the UC Santa Cruz Afrikan/Black Student Alliance. She went on to become an Editorial Assistant for an Africa-based travel blog while studying abroad in Senegal. As part of the Black Travel Movement and African Renaissance, she sought to address misconceptions about African countries and promote solo international travel for Black women.

Upon moving to Southern California, Josie fell in love with the diversity and booming activity of Los Angeles. As the daughter of a Haitian immigrant, she resonates strongly with many of the diasporic communities and histories within LA.

Prior to joining T.R.U.S.T. South LA, Josie served as AmeriCorps VISTA and Communications Associate with the South LA Promise Zone (SLATE-Z). There, she deepened her understanding of the necessary steps toward liberation for historically marginalized communities in our city and coordinated SLATE-Z’s Transit Work Group and climate resiliency projects in South LA. She is honored to continue working for justice for South LA.

In her free time, Josie can be found attending community events and concerts in LA and backpacking across the African continent.