Jo-Ann Mort has written widely on a broad range of issues including labor, politics, the Mideast, Israel, the media, and culture for The Chicago Tribune Tempo section, The Los Angeles Times Calendar section, The Guardian newspaper economics page, Dissent magazine (where she is a member of the editorial board), Prospect magazine (U.K.), The Nation magazine, The Washington Post Outlook section, The Los Angeles Times Opinion Section, The Forward, The Jerusalem Report, and The LA Weekly. She was a columnist at The Forward newspaper, and is the editor of Not Your Father’s Union Movement: Inside the New AFL-CIO, published in 1999 by Verso. She is the co-author (with Gary Brenner of Kibbutz Hatzor) of Our Hearts Invented a Place: Can Kibbutzim Survive the New Israel? published in 2003 by Cornell University Press. She is on the national board of Americans for Peace Now and a member of the advisory board of the Bronfman Center/Hillel at NYU. As director of communications for U.S. Programs of the Open Society Institute, she has worked on public education campaigns related to criminal and civil justice reform and domestic human rights. She was the director of communications for Unite and ACTWU (Amalgamated Clothing and Textile Workers Union) for over a decade where she worked on strategic communications on behalf of the union, and in anti-sweatshop and workers’ rights campaigns. She has also worked in a variety of venues in politics, publishing, and Jewish communal organizations, including as director of the Women’s Commission of the American Jewish Congress, where she was also associate director of communications. She was the director of the Democratic Agenda project, working with Michael Harrington, which organized the democratic left around a progressive economic agenda. Jo-Ann Mort is a graduate of Sarah Lawrence College and lives in Brooklyn, New York.

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