Biography

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An advocate for children & families, social entrepreneur, and elected official, Joe Luginbill brings an unrelenting focus to everything he does.

A recipient of the Jefferson Award for Public Service, Joe places a high priority on giving back to his community. Upon his election to the Eau Claire School Board in 2015, Joe became the youngest elected official in Eau Claire history and the first to be born in the 1990’s. Joe has earned a record as a leader who sparks dialogue, builds coalitions, and enacts meaningful change.

Joe has been elected by his colleagues to serve as Vice President and Clerk of the Board, and has been named as the Chippewa Valley’s favorite elected official and favorite community advocate in the VolumeOne Reader Poll. As a board member, Joe serves on the district’s Policy and Governance Committee (Chairman), Demographics Trends & Facilities Planning Committee, and as the Special Education Liaison and Legislative Liaison. Additionally, Joe is a voting delegate to the Wisconsin Association of School Boards and a member of the statewide Policy and Resolutions Committee. Luginbill is also an inducted member of the National Young Elected Officials Network and serves as a leader of its Education Caucus.

Joe has worked as a support professional for children and families in the Chippewa Valley. He is the current Coordinator of the Eau Claire Coalition for Youth. His experience includes the Strengthening Families Program and working with migrant families in Western Wisconsin. In 2016, Joe founded his namesake charity which currently operates scholarship and support programs in Western Wisconsin. Joe has been an advocate for children and families on the statewide, national and global stage. In 2016, he was named as a Social Good Fellow for the United Nations. Joe is also a member of the World Association for Infant Mental Health and serves on the Council of Organizations for the United Nations Association of the United States.

Joe is the proud son of two music teachers, the oldest of four siblings, and a recent product of the Eau Claire Area School District. Joe’s education includes North High School and the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire (current – Sociology BA major and Family Studies minor). Joe is a member of the Sociology Organization for Students on campus. Joe is a trained Child Welfare Worker through the Wisconsin Child Welfare Professional Development System and UW-Madison. Joe also holds professional designations in Hazard Communication from OSHA, Ethics and Boundaries from UW-River Falls, Public Information Officer through FEMA, an Organizational Sustainability Certification from the Midwest Counterdrug Training Center, and Safe Spaces Training from the AIDS Resource Center of Wisconsin.

Joe got an early head start in his community service. He first started volunteering for political campaigns at 10 years old. In Middle School, Joe had a paper route before school and worked in U.S. Senator Herb Kohl’s office after school. At 14, Joe was Senator Kohl’s youngest intern ever. During high school, Joe served as a member of the Board of Directors for the ACLU of the Chippewa Valley. From 2009 to 2011, Luginbill served two terms as student representative to the School Board, and from 2010 to 2013, he served as a member of the Eau Claire County Parks and Forest Advisory Committee.

Joe has experience serving on the board of directors for a number of public and private organizations. Joe served on the Governing Board of the Eau Claire Industrial Development Agency, which has allocated millions of dollars in grants to private businesses and innovators in Western Wisconsin. In 2013, the Eau Claire City Council unanimously appointed Joe to their Utility Appeals Board. In 2015, Joe co-founded the Eau Claire School History Club with the Chippewa Valley Museum. Luginbill also serves as a member of the United Way Education Advisory Council, Co-Chair of Kids First Eau Claire, Co-Chair of the Alliance for Strong Communities, and as the Vice Chair of the Alliance for Substance Abuse Prevention. Joe has previously served as a member of his church council, where he was the Treasurer and chair of the budget committee. Joe is a current Prayer Chaplain through Love and Light Ministries.

For the past several years, Joe has been the Chair of Eau Claire County’s “More Kids Drug Free” Campaign. The initiative has received bipartisan support throughout the region and state, including endorsements from law enforcement leaders, Governor Scott Walker, and Attorney General Brad Schimel. You can often spot Joe hosting televised PSAs for the county’s drug prevention efforts.

In 2012, Joe founded a namesake business to create brand and marketing content. Since that time, Joe’s work has been featured online and in retail locations, including GlaxoSmithKline, Pushpage, Recipe Class, B.A.K., Celebrity Chef Network, My Alli®, Recipes Tutor, Silver Spring Foods and Mega Foods. Joe was the host of a radio program “The Joe Luginbill Show” that aired through BlogTalk Radio. Joe has been the host of additional cooking and lifestyle videos, and has worked in a brand ambassador capacity for a number of companies. Joe also lent his voice as the main character in a children’s educational computer game, The Adventures of Captain Ion and Woody.

Joe enjoys volunteering for youth-serving organizations and spending time outdoors. He often tests new recipes and writes short stories in his spare time. Joe’s first children’s picture book and an educational television program are coming soon – be sure to stay tuned on Joe’s social media! Joe plans to continue his work as an advocate for children and families in all the ways that he can.