Jonathan is the head of voting rights and census programs at Asian Americans Advancing Justice – Asian Law Caucus. He works to increase access to California’s democracy for historically disenfranchised communities, including immigrant and limited-English speaking communities, communities of color, low-income communities, people with disabilities, and the formerly incarcerated. He previously served as a voting rights staff attorney for the ACLU of California. While receiving his MPP and JD from UC Berkeley, Jonathan served as the Student Regent on the University of California’s Board of Regents, fighting for access, diversity, and affordability and advocating for the interests of the 230,000 students of the UC system. At Berkeley Law, Jonathan was a member of the Men of Color Alliance and the South Asian Law Student Association. Prior to graduate school, Jonathan spent four years at Mother Jones magazine as a researcher, assistant editor, blogger, and campaign correspondent during the 2008 presidential elections.
Jonathan is the immediate past chair of both the board of directors of the nonprofit organization California Common Cause and of the City of Oakland Public Ethics Commission.